Beach litter going down, but more cigarette stubs found on Welsh beaches than ever before
On average, litter found on UK beaches dropping year on year
- 82% of beach litter collected on Welsh beaches made of plastic or polystyrene
- Number of cigarette stubs on Welsh beaches at all-time high
的 bet356电竞平台一年一度的英国海滩大扫除, which took place from 17th - 26th September this year, 看到6,176 volunteers head outside to clear litter from their local streets, 公园和超过55个,英国000米的海滩.
在威尔士, 3,765 metres of beach were cleared and surveyed by 506 volunteers. 130 bags of litter were filled, weighing 191kg.
一共5064个.8kg of litter was collected across the UK and recorded over the week by dedicated volunteers and the results are in.
It’s encouraging to see that the average litter recorded per 100 metres has continued to drop year on year across the UK. 今年, 平均有385项被发现, 低于2020年425人的平均水平, 2019年是558. 在威尔士, 平均共发现414件垃圾, with figures steadily dropping over the last five years in the country.
Numbers of single-use plastic bags on UK beaches have continued to drop, 而2013年的平均水平为13, 2021年降至3个. Carrier bag charges and bans across the UK have likely had a big impact on this figure, providing a blueprint for similar legislation for other avoidable single-use plastic products.
然而, plastic pieces remain the most prevalent form of litter on UK beaches, with an average of 120 pieces found for every 100 metres of beach surveyed in Wales. 82% of litter collected from Welsh beaches this year was made of plastic or polystyrene.
With so much beach litter being made from plastic, the bet356电竞平台 is continuing its campaigning for ambitious single-use plastics policies in Wales. 的se policies would phase out the manufacture and sale of plastic products across the board alongside other measures which would make manufacturers responsible for the pollution their products cause.
Angie Contestabile, Wales Public Affairs Manager at the bet356电竞平台: “的 Welsh Government’s current piecemeal approach to single-use plastics policy just won’t cut it anymore. While we’re seeing a downward trend in litter on beaches, we’re still seeing huge volumes of plastic washing up on our shores.
“A comprehensive and ambitious single-use plastics policy which reduces the manufacture and sale of items is the quickest way of phasing out plastic from our environment. 的 Senedd could address some of the most common beach litter items with a broad single-use plastic policy. We saw more cigarette stubs on Welsh beaches this year than ever before, a shocking reminder that we must take urgent action to get beach litter under control.”
Top five most common litter items on Welsh beaches (average per 100m)
- Crisp and sweet packets, lolly sticks etc (21.2)
Numbers of cigarette stubs on beaches more than doubled from 2020 to 2021, with this year’s average an all-time high for Welsh beaches.
In 2018, an average of 56 stubs were found per 100m, dropping to 33 in 2019 and just 9 in 2020. 的 jump to 64 this year is certainly cause for concern. 作为一个结果, the bet356电竞平台 is working with peers at ASH Wales to call for a ban on plastic in cigarette filters, 并采取行动减少与吸烟有关的垃圾.
ASH Wales首席执行官苏珊娜·卡斯: ‘’It is very disheartening to see that the amount of 烟头s has more than doubled in the past year. Cigarettes are not only damaging to public health, but are also harmful to the environment. 据估计，4.5 trillion 烟头s are dropped across the planet each year, which ultimately leach harmful chemicals into natural habitats. 还需要做更多的工作.
‘’I would encourage decision-makers to take on board this rise in cigarette waste, and implement stronger safeguards to protect our coastline. bet356电竞平台的长期活动 无烟的海滩 addresses this head on, calling for beaches to be smoke and 烟头 free. If projects such as these became policy it would protect our coastline for years to come.’’
的 bet356电竞平台 included PPE items on its survey form for the first time this year*, providing a baseline from which to understand the impact and presence of face masks and gloves in the future. Levels of PPE found this year were similar to 2020, when masks were made mandatory across the UK. 32% of UK beaches cleaned found PPE litter though masks ranked 59 out of 121 for most common litter items. 内陆, 为慈善组织“寻找海洋垃圾来源”募捐, 在2021年，80%的幼崽都找到了PPE, 相比之下，2020年这一比例为69%.
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