Plastic left by the public tops a list of rubbish picked up from Budleigh beach

Beach clean volunteers from Budleigh Salterton joined a UK-wide litter pick and discovered plastic left by the public was the top find.

Marta Marcote, from Clean Beach Budleigh, led a team of helpers taking part in the annual Marine Conservation Society (MCS) Great British Beach Clean, scouring a 100-metre stretch of beach for rubbish.

The team collected one-and-a-half bags of litter, picked up 308 items, with more than half the rubbish collected made of plastic or polystyrene.

Most rubbish collected had been left by the public, with fishing debris also high on the list of beach litter.

Marta thanked all who joined in and helped make the event a success, Exmouth Archers for donating survey clipboards and East Devon District Council for litter pick equipment.

All rubbish collected from the stretch of Budleigh beach was recorded and results registered with the MCS.

An MCS spokesperson said: “Our iconic annual Great British Beach Clean has been leading the way in tackling ocean pollution for 25 years, helping make some of the most significant impacts on beach litter ever – the plastic bag charge, banning microplastics in personal care products, better wet wipe labeling, and supporting a tax on single-use plastic items.

“So far we’ve picked up 319 tonnes of litter at our Great British Beach Cleans.

“The data collected at Great British Beach Clean events is shared with the International Coastal Clean-up, contributing to a worldwide report on litter levels.

“The Marine Conservation Society also analyses the data and uses the results to raise awareness of pollution and tackle it at source in the UK.”


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