Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Results from the Great British Beach Clean in Sept 2016

Deal With It's Beach Clean back in September 2016 was part of the Marine Conservation Society's 'GreatBritish BeachClean' - a nationwide survey of our beaches.

The MCS has recently published its results - they can be found here

The September 2016 Great British Beach Clean saw just short of 6,000 volunteers clean 364 beaches around the UK, recording the litter they found. The results have revealed a mixed picture.

We picked up a huge amount of rubbish - 268,384 individual pieces, although this is a little lower than last year.

The number of plastic bags found have almost halved in a year. We think that’s down to the charge at the checkout, which is now in place across the whole UK.

But there was an astonishing rise in the amount of balloon related litter, up over 50% on 2015. There were more drinks containers, bottle caps and lids, too – up more than 4% on the previous year.

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