Poor results have come from the latest clean up of beaches in the More Radio area.
Volunteers with the Marine Conservation Society picked up more litter than ever, over 2300 pieces for every kilometre of beach. They found over 3000 pieces on the stretch between Worthing and Rustington. Here’s where the litter recorded last September from beaches around the country came from:
- Public – 39.4% This is all the stuff littered by people – we drop it intentionally, leave it behind accidentally, or it arrives on the beach carried on the wind or in rivers.
- Fishing – 12.6% Includes commercial and recreational fishing stuff – line, nets, weights, floats.
- Shipping – 4.5% This is all the stuff that gets dropped, lost or thrown overboard from small craft to massive cargo ships.
- Sewage Related Debris (SRD) – 4.3% The really nasty stuff – bits we put down the loo but shouldn’t – cotton bud sticks, tampons, nappies and the like.
- Fly-tipped 0.9% People use some beaches like the local tip – fly-tipping things like furniture, pottery and ceramics.
- Medical – 0.2% Inhalers, plasters, syringes – stuff you really don’t want your kids picking up.
- Non-sourced – 38.1% All the bits and bobs that we can’t really identify and so don’t know where it comes from – generally small things or damaged stuff.
Lauren Eyles from the MCS says 2013 was a vintage year for finding strange things on beaches:
“As well as half a TV, a French bullet-proof vest and a pack of bacon, there was a brass candlestick, some plastic bird feet, a birdcage, a bath plug, half a canoe and a set of dentures!” Top of the finds was once again plastic pieces. These are tiny bits of plastic that have broken off larger items or have been in the sea for possibly decades and become smaller and smaller. “Plastic is a real issue for our oceans and beaches,” says Lauren Eyles. “This year we also picked up lots of lids and caps. However, despite it being a really warm summer, we saw less crisp, sweets and lolly wrappers and fewer plastic bottles. There’s continued good news though for Sewage Related Debris (SRD) – there’s still less of it about after we asked people, in 2011, to stop flushing things down the loo that should go in the bin.”
MCS will be running beach cleans and surveys around the UK coast this Spring and Autumn, and the charity is calling on the public to take part and make this the biggest year of beach cleans and surveys ever. The first big event will take place at hundreds of beaches between 24th and 30th April. You can find out more and register at www.mcsuk.org/foreverfish