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Marine Conservation Society's Beach Clean Collects More Trash Than 2016

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The Marine Conservation Society's Great British Beach Clean 2017 proved very successful but alarmingly, reports that the UK's beaches were significantly more littered than in previous years.

According to its 2017 report, almost 7,000 people took part in the nationwide beach cleanup in September, removing a total of 255,209 pieces of litter from 339 beaches, with every piece being individually recorded. An average of 718 pieces of rubbish was collected for every 100m of beach that was cleaned.

The most common items found on the beaches were small pieces of plastic, and 20 per cent of the rubbish collected was 'on the go' litter – the type of food and drink containers and wrappers that are casually discarded as they are consumed.

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MCS diligently records every piece of litter collected - click the graphic for more stats

Despite international campaigns to stop the spread of plastic and other rubbish in the world's oceans, MCS sadly reports that the overall total of litter collected, averaged over the total area of beaches covered, represents a 10 per cent increase on the 2016 results.

You can find more from the Marine Conservation Society and their various projects and campaigns on their website, and you can download the full 2017 Great British Beach Clean report here.


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