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Students from NPTC Group of Colleges Sport and Public Services department have helped clear more than 86kg of rubbish from one of Swansea’s beaches.

The students were taking part in the Marks and Spencer’s (M & S) Big Beach Clean-up 2015 and were joined by local volunteers at Swansea Bay (Blackpill). It’s the fourth annual Big Beach Clean-up with M & S employees also joining in along with The Right Worshipful The Lord Mayor of the City and County of Swansea, Councillor Ceinwen Thomas, and other local community groups who helped free the beach from rubbish and protect the area’s marine life.

The event is run in partnership with the Marine Conservation Society and saw litter pickers collecting everything from cotton buds, wrappers, tin cans and fishing nets to more unusual items such as a crow bar and metal sheets. More than 30 bags of rubbish were collected from Swansea Bay weighing in at a staggering 86kg.

Students from NPTC Group of Colleges Sport and Public Services department take part in the beach clean every year. As part of the Welsh Baccalaureate they learn about the impact of litter on the environment.

Student Levi Millar said: “It was hard work but we all enjoyed taking part. I didn’t realise just how much litter gets discarded on our beaches and the impact it can have.”

Adrian Lister, store manager at M&S Swansea, said: “The Big Beach Clean-up is all about bringing the local community together to help protect marine life and the environment and it was fantastic to see people working together, having fun and supporting such a great cause. We’d like to say a big thank you to everyone who gave up their time to help tidy Swansea Bay.”