2013 recorded Highest Level of Litter on British Beaches in Two Decades

2013 recorded Highest Level of Litter on British Beaches in Two Decades

Volunteers for the Marine Conservation Society (MCS) found the litter on British beaches reached the highest level last year in two decades. They collected 2,390 items of rubbish for every kilometers of coastline. The volunteers cleaned the beaches and collected a total of 224,405 items from the beaches. MCS organized the 'Beachwatch Big Weekend 2013' last September after which it released a report to mention the amount of clutter collected from the beaches.

The event was the 20th held by the organization and it found clear evidence that the litter is increasing in British beaches, requiring a change in the public behavior.

Lauren Eyles from the MCS said, "It's coming in from the sea, being blown from the land or simply being dumped and dropped. After 20 years of campaigning it's disheartening that in 2013 we are seeing worse litter levels than ever".

Among the litters detected on British beaches were a French bulletproof vest, half a TV and a pack of bacon along with a brass candlestick, some plastic bird feet, a birdcage, a bath plug, half a canoe and a set of dentures.

Plastic litter in the waters is a reason to worry as it poses threat to marine life. Cleaning of beaches this year also came across lots of lids and caps. The summer have been really warm this year, but it was surprising to detect less crisp, sweets and lolly wrappers and fewer plastic bottles on the beaches.

Volunteers who cleaned Scotland's beaches found rubber teeth, a Spanish fish box and a pair of ladies' high heel among the collected debris.

About 36,379 bits of litter were collected by Scottish beach cleaners from 45 beaches. The figure means a drop of 3% in the amount of litter collected in Scottish beaches in 2012. MCS Scotland programme manager Calum Duncan was happy over the decline in litter but did not deny the need to do more work.


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