" Removing harmful plastics, bits of lost fishing gear and polluting domestic rubbish from our beaches will help to ensure that seals and seabirds do not get entangled, fish and other marine animals do not swallow pieces of plastic and that we have beautiful clean beaches for our holidays. "
Great British Beach Clean 2018 in numbers
Record numbers of volunteers made this year's Great British Beach Clean the UK's biggest ever coastal clean up. Here are some of the key facts and figures released by the Marine Conservation Society on September's event:
- This year's Great British Beach Clean saw almost 15,000 volunteers pick up 8550kg of litter from beaches across the UK. That’s about three times as heavy as the tongue of a blue whale.
- The amount of litter collected this year fell by 16 per cent. But while litter levels may fluctuate year-on-year they have risen by more than 15 per cent over the last decade.
- The top three most common types of litter collected were: plastics/polystyrene pieces, glass and cigarette stubs.
- It's not possible to tell where almost half (49 per cent) of the litter collected came from because it had broken down into such tiny pieces.