What happens to your Fish and Chips wrappers?
They could end up on Langland Beach!
Our latest clean up of Langland Beach, Gower, near Swansea, has revealed a huge number of polystyrene fast food containers littering the beach. The typical containers are those used for things like burgers and fish and chips. Almost twenty volunteers helped with our annual Beachwatch Big Weekend autumn clean of Langland (18th September 2011) and filled five bags full of rubbish that was either left behind by visitors or washed up on the tide.
Our Wales Programme Manager, Gill Bell, said initially the beach looked quite clean, but closer inspection revealed a tide of litter. There’s nothing quite like a portion of chips to eat whilst you take in the sea views, but, we found hundreds of small pieces of polystyrene on the beach which shows some people are thoughtlessly leaving their litter behind and spoiling the beach for others. As polystyrene is a type of plastic, it may take thousands of years to break down. We are asking people to ensure they dispose of their waste responsibly.
Our Beachwatch survey found a staggering 326 pieces of polystyrene food containers, 92 bottle tops and 150 plastic pieces. The survey found lots of other pieces of polystyrene too, 745 pieces in total!
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