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14,000 bodyboards dumped on South West beaches each year

14,000 bodyboards are collected for landfill from across the Westcountry each year. Credit: ITV News Westcountry

It is estimated that 14,000 bodyboards are left on beaches across the Westcountry each year, as a new campaign hopes highlight the problem.

As a way of highlighting this issue, Bristol designer Linda Thomas teamed-up with Keep Britain Tidy’s BeachCare project to create the giant 'Wave of Waste' dress made out of 100 bodyboard covers.

It was paraded on Watergate Bay near Newquay in Cornwall by professional surfer and model Emma Adams.

22m
the length of the dress's train made entirely of bodyboard covers
The dress modelled by professional surfer Emma Adams is made from 100 bodyboard covers. Credit: ITV News Westcountry

Ms Adams has been surfing in the area since she was a child.

She says she is shocked by the amount of waste left by visitors at the end of the holiday season.

When you're surfing and you see these kind of things lying around on the beach it does make you angry, but I think it's just about passing the message on to people. If people don't know the message then maybe it's not their fault.

– Emma Adams
The dress is over 22 metres in length and aims to highlight the issue of people dumping boards on beaches. Credit: ITV News Westcountry

Polystyrene from some of the 560 boards on display at Watergate Bay is being recycled as insulation for a new-build workshop and the remaining 460 boards are heading to a Children's Centre in Bristol for re-use.

An estimated 14,000 broken bodyboards are heading to South-West landfill sites each summer.

Neil Hembrow is part of Keep Britain Tidy's BeachCare scheme:

The polystyrene inside the boards can be recycled. Credit: ITV News Westcountry