Beach litter in Wales up by 11%

by Webmaster, 30th November 2017

Charity says a levy on single-use straws, cups and cutlery would ease congestion

Photo: Natasha Ewins

A comprehensive survey has found the amount of rubbish on Welsh beaches is on the up. Figures from the Great British Beach Clean show an 11 percent increase, compared to a 10 percent rise nationwide.

Almost 7,000 people took part in the survey covering more than 300 beaches across the UK. On average there were 718 pieces of rubbish picked up every 100 metres.

A key culprit is what the Marine Conservation Society (MCS) describes as ‘on the go’ items – such as drinks cups, plastic bottles and sandwich wrappers – which make up about 20 percent of all litter found.

The charity says it’s time to impose a levy on single-use items, citing the success of the plastic bag initiative.

"The 5p single-use carrier bag charge has made a massive difference to the number of plastic bags entering our seas,” says Lizzie Prior from the MCS. “If a levy was placed on single use plastic such as straws, stirrers, cutlery, cups and cup lids, we're confident that we'd find fewer of these items on our beaches.”

Support the MSC’s Stop The Plastic Tide appeal.


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