Hammer home the message on litter

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ANTI-LITTER campaigns are falling on deaf ears, says the UK’s biggest marine charity.

Recent beach clean surveys found plastic, sweet wrappers, cigarette stubs and drinks bottles strewn along the coastline.

But it was plastic which made up almost two-thirds (65 per cent) of all litter found on Britain’s beaches during a single weekend last September, according to the annual Beachwatch Big Weekend Report published by the Marine Conservation Society (MCS).

The amount of plastic on beaches in 2012 rose by three per cent compared to the year before. And the number of cigarette stubs found on beaches doubled between 2011 and 2012 with general smoking litter, including lighters and packets, increasing by 90 per cent.

‘This year’s figures point to people becoming less bothered about littering,’ said Lauren Eyles, MCS beachwatch officer. She added: ‘We must hammer the message home that litter is completely unacceptable in the 21st century.’

Go to mcsuk.org.

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