Tidy up time

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Thinking of going for a stroll along the beach this bank holiday weekend? The waves lapping on the shore, the wind in your hair… and the plastic bottles, polythene bags and crisp packets under your feet. Nice!

The amount of litter on UK beaches has reached its highest ever level, according to the Marine Conservation Society. Litter has increased by 110% since 1994. The 2008 Beachwatch survey saw 5,000 volunteers removing over 385,000 pieces of rubbish from over 370 beaches. On average, they picked up two pieces of litter per metre. The most frequently found items were pieces of plastic and more than a third of all the litter was dropped by members of the public. The rest came mainly from fishing, shipping and sewage. The Marine Conservation Society are campaigning for the government to develop an action plan for reducing marine litter – click here to sign the petition and here to get involved in the 2009 Beachwatch campaign.

“This is a man-made problem. Every piece of litter has an owner and we all need to take responsibility to not drop litter in the first place.”  – Emma Snowden, Marine Conservation Society.

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