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Artist finds 3 plastic cereal box toys from 1958 while sifting through waste from Cornish beach

Environmental Artist Rob Arnold collects 40 bags of plastic rubbish from local beach Tregantle Beach in Whitsand Bay, last month.

Mr Arnold said: 'I found a Kellogg's figurine of an Indian American chief, which had been part of a set of four from 1958 and was pretty much still perfectly intact.

'It wasn't hard to find out more about it because people collect these items and share them online.

'But when I found another Kellogg's figurine and a toy sheriff's badge from a Quaker Oats box, both from 1958 as well, I was shocked.

'In a way I was quite excited because finding something like that helps prove that the cause is worthwhile, by showing people that it is still there after 62 years.

'But it's bittersweet because it also gets me down that we still have plastics polluting the planet from decades ago.

'Another of the most damning finds is the amount of polystyrene.

'I'm not even halfway through sorting out the entire load and when I get down to sieving the smaller parts, it's coming out like snow.'

He said: 'Through being stuck at home I have been able to really get on with it, and luckily with the good weather I have been able to dry it all out fairly quickly.

'When it's all laid out on the drive it's bigger than a car space, it covers the entire drive. Neighbours do look over and ask questions, but I think most of them know by now what I'm doing.

'Really my aim is to get the message out there much further than just to my neighbours.

'Whether it's intentional or not one of our biggest problems is littering, and we need to make a conscious effort to stop plastics getting into our drainage systems and on to the sea.

'Hopefully if we keep showing people what we are finding like these figurines from more than 60 years ago they will think twice before just throwing their plastic away.' 


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