Beaches are littered with mess, says society

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OUR beaches are the final resting places for mountains of litter with more arriving on every wave and gust of wind.

That’s the damning verdict of the Marine Conservation Society, which says that beach litter is increasing and people’s behaviour needs to change.

Dozens of volunteers locally took part in the national Beachwatch Big Weekend last September to clean up beaches.

In Southsea, 10 bags were filled with 2,503 items of litter and at Portchester 206 items were picked up. The Stokes Bay group came in with 1,226 litter items, while Lee-on-the-Solent was 527. At Budds Farm, near Havant, 805 items were found and 1,205 items were collected at Cobnor in Chichester Harbour.

Lauren Eyles, beachwatch officer for the MCS, said: ‘This is a disgusting tide of litter which is threatening the safety of beach visitors both human and animal. It’s coming in from the sea, being blown from the land or simply being dumped and dropped. After 20 years of campaigning it’s disheartening that in 2013 we are seeing worse litter levels than ever.’