Isle of Man locals tackle overflowing plastic waste issues

A picture taken in Ballaugh during the Beach Buddies' beach clean. Credit: Beach Buddies IOM, Facebook

Locals on the Isle of Man are doing what they can to help save the environment from plastic rubbish.

Yesterday, restaurant group Rock Food Concepts decided to instead use wheat based and fully biodegradable straws, to tackle the ongoing problems of plastic waste.

The UK Government recently announced plans to eliminate all plastic waste in Britain over the next 25 years.

Rock Food Concepts are urging local businesses to switch from single use plastic straws to greener alternatives.

Meanwhile, local charity Beach Buddies had a record-breaking number of volunteers at 2018's first weekly volunteer event in Ballaugh.

123 volunteers, beating the previous record of 83, and 183 bags of rubbish were collected, just over double the previous record of 91.

They will now double-up on events each weekend, to allow more people to take part instead of only Sunday's.