A YARMOUTH man is aiming to remove 100 tons of plastic from the shores and seas.

George Heming, who spends his summers sailing in Yarmouth, where his grandparents live, has established the 100 Tons of Plastic campaign with friend Ollie Jackson.

The goal is to remove 100 tons of plastic waste from the environment, and sail round the world to raise awareness on a global scale.

George said: "Plastic is an amazing material. You can do pretty much anything with it, so it’s not surprising each year 400 million tons of the stuff is produced.

"The problem with it is most of it isn’t biodegradable, which causes massive problems. Once the plastic ends up in our oceans it will stay there for over our lifetime.

"A water bottle in the ocean takes around 450 years to break down. With eight million tons of plastic entering our ocean every year, this material is building up rapidly and if we don't make a change by 2050 there will be more plastic than fish in the sea.

"Something needs to change. Since our launch we have done countless school talks, social media posts, set up a YouTube channel, travelled to various countries and been responsible in some way of collecting ten tons of plastic. Only 90 more to go.

"We have done a lot, but we are just getting started. The more people we get joining us on this campaign, the bigger impact we can make."

You can get involved in the 100 Tons of Plastic campaign by going on a beach clean with friends. Get in touch with George and Ollie and they can send you some resources — they might even join you.

Share your beach cleans and the weight of your clean-up success using the hashtag #100tonsofplastic.

Sailing around the world won't be cheap so if you would like to donate, that would be welcomed.

If your school or business would like George and Ollie to pop by and do a talk, let them know.

Find out more at www.100tonsofplastic.org.