Charity's beach litter warning

Increasing amounts of litter from sweet wrappers to cigarette butts are being found on UK beaches, according to a survey that raises concerns anti-littering campaigns are now falling on deaf ears.

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Beach rubbish: the figures

The Marine Conservation Association has calculated the average of items collected per kilometre of beach in each Country/Region and County.

They worked it out by dividing the total items collected by the distance covered to account for variations throughout the UK.

  • South East - 1811.1 items on average
  • South West - 3162.8 items on average

The South West's beaches are second worst in the whole country for the amount of rubbish found on them and the South East's beaches come in fifth. You can see the results of the Marine Conservation Association's Beachwatch Big Weekend here.

Rubbish abandoned on the South's beaches

A plastic bike on one of the South's beaches Credit: Marine Conservation Society

Increasing amounts of litter from sweet wrappers to cigarette butts are being found on UK beaches, according to a survey that raises concerns anti-littering campaigns are now falling on deaf ears.

Plastic bottles are often found on our beaches Credit: Marine Conservation Society

Plastic rubbish including sweet and lolly wrappers rose by 3% in 2012 compared to 2011, the annual count of litter on UK beaches in the Marine Conservation Society's (MCS) Beachwatch Big Weekend showed.

Plastic wrapped around a Guillemot's leg Credit: Marine Conservation Society

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