Plastic bag ban halves beach litter

Britain's beaches are getting cleaner, following the introduction of the 5p plastic bag tax.

Tuesday, 22nd November 2016, 12:47 pm
Updated Tuesday, 22nd November 2016, 1:07 pm

The Marine Conservation Society found fewer than seven bags per 100m of coastline, compared to 11 when the UK’s beaches were surveyed a year ago.

The 40 per cent reduction - leading to the lowest total in 10 years - will, say the charity, help save marine wildlife such as whales, turtles and seabirds, who mistake plastic bags and balloons for jellyfish.

However, litter collected and analysed by the volunteers showed a rise of more than 4 per cent in the numbers of drinks containers found on the country’s beaches, including including plastic bottles, cans, and bottle tops.

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Litter on Scottish beaches decreased by 18 per cent, while the north-east of England ‘s totals dropped by 14 per cent. However, there were rises in the amount of beach litter in the north-west (24 per cent), Northern Ireland (9 per cent).and the south-west and Wales (15 per cent)

Overall, the Great British Beach Clean saw 6,000 volunteers rid the UK’s coastline of 268,384 items of rubbish.