Join ‘Nipper’ the plastic-hating crab this week (22nd-23rd September) and play a part in removing the plastic and other rubbish from the Island’s spectacular 67 miles of coastline.

To raise awareness of the damage plastic is causing to marine wildlife and why removing it from the coastal environment is so important, Red Funnel Isle of Wight Ferries has launched a new awareness campaign entitled ‘The Problem with Plastic Pollution’.

It is reported that 5,000 plastic items are found per mile of beach in the UK. That means there is an estimated 335,000 plastic items spanning across the Isle of Wight’s 67-mile coastline.

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Plastic pollution is happening now, and we would like people to help do their bit for the environment and help remove plastic from the Isle of Wight’s beaches in the Island’s biggest ever beach clean project.

The aim of the coastal clean-up is to get rid of as much of this rubbish as possible to safeguard the marine ecology and preserve this unique environment for visitors to enjoy throughout the year.

Jonathan Green, Marketing and Communications Director for Red Funnel, commented:

“The Isle of Wight is fortunate to have such a spectacular coastline but like anywhere in the UK the impact of plastic and litter is having a major impact on marine wildlife and is making the beaches less attractive to visitors. The objective of the campaign is to raise awareness of the problem and encourage as many volunteers as possible to enjoy some fresh sea air and help with the Island’s biggest ever coastal clean-up.”

Volunteers will be provided with everything they need to take part in the event, including gloves and recyclable rubbish bags. All the rubbish collected will be disposed of by the event organisers.

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Red Funnel is passionate about protecting the Isle of Wight’s stunning coastal environment and is proudly sponsoring the Isle of Wight Beach Clean over the weekend of 22nd-23rd September. Special discounted car and passenger ferry fares starting from £5 return will hopefully encourage as many volunteers as possible from the mainland to ‘nip across’ the Solent from Southampton and take part in this worthy cause.

To discover how you can help beat the problem of plastic pollution and register as a volunteer visit

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