Research indicates reduction in beach littering

8th of October 2018
Research indicates reduction in beach littering

Results from a comparison beach cleaning and litter surveying programme in the UK indicate levels of seaside rubbish have decreased.

The study was carried out by Cromwell Polythene as part of its 35th anniversary activity and to mark Recycle Week recently. The company did similar research a year ago and 2018 results suggest shows reduced levels of waste across most material streams.

The only increases compared to last year were for paper/cardboard and metal, which both multiplied significantly, and medical waste.

Levels of litter were recorded across the same predefined items as last year's survey, across 11 types: plastic/polystyrene, rubber, cloth, paper and cardboard, wood (machined), metal, glass, pottery/ceramics, sanitary waste, medical waste and faeces.

In total The Marine Conservation's Great British Beach Clean 2017 removed 255,209 pieces of litter from 339 beaches, making 718 pieces of rubbish for every 1000-metre stretch of beach cleaned.


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