Cleaning up our act, one beach at a time

Our coasts are severely suffering from the effects of plastic pollution. With some beaches experiencing washed up litter, here in Brighton rubbish is carelessly left behind.

Last bank holiday weekend, the Brighton and Hove Independent reported that 20 tonnes of waste was discarded on Brighton’s beaches.

Plastic pollution is not just an eyesore. It can cause catastrophic consequences not only in the South East, but all over the globe.

Litter collected from one beach cleaner consisted of plastic cups, bags, straws and a BBQ.

A plastic cup left on the beach after a day out could easily get swept up by the tide, ending up half-way across the world.

Marine conservationist, Lucy Agace, explains that the danger of having non-biodegradable items cluttering the sea is because they break down in the heat of the sun and salt water.

She said: “What started out as a piece of plastic, within [around] fifteen years, is broken up into lots of little pieces.”

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These little pieces, known as micro-plastics, when consumed by fish and seabirds can be fatal.

To learn more about marine plastic pollution, listen to the soundbite below.

According to Greenpeace, about 80% of marine litter actually comes from land, and with plastic use in Europe growing 4% each year, it’s time to put our oceans first.

Amy Gibson, founder of Pier 2 Pier Beach Clean, is helping Brighton clean up their act by hosting Silent Disco Beach Cleans every month.

With more beach cleans like Pier 2 Pier’s, we can prevent our rubbish from being swept into the sea, whilst protecting our marine life and environment in the process.

Next time you take a trip down to your local seafront, make sure you leave it how you found it.

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