On Monday 15th April 2019, a handful of Arriva volunteers from the Liverpool head office kickstarted the new partnership by helping to collect an impressive 241kg of rubbish that had been dropped at Formby Beach.
The volunteers, dubbed the ‘Arriva Angels’, handed out bags for life to others taking part in the clean up, to help further discourage the use of single-use plastics, with more than 1,000 single plastic items found on the beach.
Other items found on the sand included polystyrene boxes, sweets, sandwich and crisp packets, and bottle tops.
As part of its ongoing mission to become an increasingly environmentally-friendly organisation, Arriva is also encouraging people to sign up for future beach clean events in Formby, happening in June and September.
Lisa Pearson, head of marketing, Arriva North West, said: “As an organisation, we are always looking at ways in which we can do our bit for the planet. We know that using the buses is often better for the environment than travelling via car, but we wanted to go one step further.
“This is one of the reasons why we have partnered with the Marine Conservation Society, and decided to get involved in the Formby Beach Clean. We’re extremely proud of our volunteers getting out and about to help the cause.”
Andy Laverick, Marine Conservation Society Sea Champion, said: “We are very excited to be working with Arriva this year as part of our mission to keep Britain’s coastlines litter-free.
“There was a great turn out at Formby Beach, and we hope that even more people can turn up to help out at the next clean up in June.”
Free one-day Arriva bus tickets were also handed out to those who got involved in the Formby Beach clean, with plans to do the same at future events. You can learn more about the clean up in June and September by visiting the Marine Conservation Society website.