A 35 year old crisp packet was among forty large sacks of plastic waste collected by volunteers on Hayling Island.
The beach clean was organised by the Final Straw Solent, who said that recent storms had washed ashore a shocking amount of rubbish.
Around 40 volunteers collected 40 large bags of plastic, weighing 850kgs, in just two hours. The group said there was still a huge amount of plastic left behind.
The group said it was shocking, but no great surprise, to find a crisp packet in pretty much the same condition as it was decades after it was first used.
Campaigners say it’s a particular issue in Langstone Harbour because it’s a nationally important site for seabirds, who pick up the plastic and sometimes eat it or feed it to their chicks.
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