Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Rising Tide of Litter of North Beaches; Volunteers Pick Up 5,000 Items

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Rising Tide of Litter of North Beaches; Volunteers Pick Up 5,000 Items

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MORE than 5,000 items of litter were found during a survey of nine North East beaches.

They were inspected as part of the Marine Conservation Society's annual Beachwatch Big Weekend last September, in which volunteers counted and cleaned up litter.

Nationally, plastic bits and pieces made up almost 65% of all the litter found, with over 75 plastic drinks bottles for every kilometre surveyed.

The number of cigarette stubs found on beaches between 2011 and 2012 doubled, with general smoking litter, including lighters and packets, increasing by 90%.

There was also a rise in the number of sweet and lolly wrappers. At Sandhaven beach in South Shields, 4kg of litter was collected when it was inspected while at Blackhall Rocks and North Gare beaches in County Durham 34 bags were filled with rubbish.

Beaches surveyed in Northumberland were Annstead, Druridge Bay Country Park, Warkworth, and at Berwick Little Beach, Pier Road and Spittal, with volunteers filling 41 litter bags weighing 924kg. …

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