The message to dog walkers following a successful beach clean at Beadnell Bay last weekend is ‘plastic dog-poo bags do not rot down’.
The event was organised by Surfers Against Sewage and saw 25 kite-surfers, members of the local kite-surfing school, parish councillors and residents remove many bin bags of rubbish left or washed in by the tide.
The items of most concern were more than 70 dog-poo bags either dropped or thrown into the sand dunes.
Sally Wilkinson, a kite-surfing instructor who organised the event, said: “I live in County Durham, but I use Beadnell Bay to kite-surf and I truly believe those who use the beach should protect and respect it for themselves and everyone else.”
Beadnell parish councillor, Deborah Baker, added: “We receive many complaints about fouling and abandoned dog-poo bags on the beach and other areas in the village.
“We ran a campaign last year to raise awareness among visitors and residents and have installed additional bins where they were needed.
“The bags can be disposed of in any litter bin in the village, including those in the car park and exit from the beach, so there is no excuse.
“Last year, two councillors collected 69 bags from the beach so were disappointed that another 70 were found again this time.
“The parish council doesn’t want to take action against dog owners, but we can’t allow this to continue.”
Another beach clean event is planned for spring 2016.