Litter levels soar on county's beaches - report

PEMBROKESHIRE’S beaches, and beaches across Wales, are covered with almost twice as much litter as the UK average.

Waste found on Welsh beaches rose by 60% - to over 4,000 pieces per kilometer - between 2012 and 2013, according to the latest Beachwatch report from the Marine Conservation Society (MCS).

The figures suggest Pembrokeshire’s beaches are a “dumping ground” for waste, but there is no clear-cut answer with regards to the origins of the litter.

Last year saw the 20th annual MCS Beachwatch clean up. It took place in September at 25 beaches across Wales, including Freshwater West and St Bride’s Haven in Pembrokeshire.

Gill Bell, MCS Wales Programme Manager, said the results were “shocking”.

“After 20 years of campaigning it’s disheartening that in 2013 we saw worse litter levels in Wales than ever before,” she added.

Beachwatch volunteers record where the litter they find comes from, to help the charity campaign to stop it getting there in the first place.

As well as recognizable litter dropped by humans, sewage-related debris, fishing waste and shipping waste, the highest percentage of litter found is what the MCS calls ‘non-sourced’. These bits and bobs – mostly made from plastic - can’t really be identified and therefore cannot be traced.

MCS will be running beach cleans and surveys around the UK coast this Spring and Autumn. The charity is calling on the public to take part and make this the biggest year of beach cleans and surveys ever. The event will take place at hundreds of beaches from April 24 to April 30. You can find out more and register at www.mcsuk.org/foreverfish

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8:13pm Sat 29 Mar 14

Andrew Lye says...

Its on all the grass verges as I walk my dog and drive through the countryside.
Some people seem to think that their car windows entitle them to chuck their litter out into the countryside. WHY?
The Council are happy to slap fines on illegal parking by motorists. But cars will move any way in due course, but plastic bottles, crisp packets, tins, fast food wrappings just stay until litter pickers come along.
A waste of money at a time the Council is cutting services with an axe.
Its on all the grass verges as I walk my dog and drive through the countryside. Some people seem to think that their car windows entitle them to chuck their litter out into the countryside. WHY? The Council are happy to slap fines on illegal parking by motorists. But cars will move any way in due course, but plastic bottles, crisp packets, tins, fast food wrappings just stay until litter pickers come along. A waste of money at a time the Council is cutting services with an axe. Andrew Lye
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10:42am Sun 30 Mar 14

JonnyBlueJeans says...

I think most of this is directly attributable to the winter storms. It has been floating around on the currents and then gets washed ashore during the gales. When I walk Broad Haven beach there is all sorts of rubbish left atfter high tide, the lighter stuff then blows onto or over the road and ends up looking very messy. We the locals, in coastal towns/villages should do our bit and try picking some of it up. If everyone in Broad haven picked up a couple of pieces and put it in the bin every day it would make a difference.
I think most of this is directly attributable to the winter storms. It has been floating around on the currents and then gets washed ashore during the gales. When I walk Broad Haven beach there is all sorts of rubbish left atfter high tide, the lighter stuff then blows onto or over the road and ends up looking very messy. We the locals, in coastal towns/villages should do our bit and try picking some of it up. If everyone in Broad haven picked up a couple of pieces and put it in the bin every day it would make a difference. JonnyBlueJeans
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11:23am Sun 30 Mar 14

philipw says...

Doesn't need a report for me to see the shocking amount of litter at Newgale. Much, I guess caused by recent storms. Would be nice to see the CEO of Pembs CC and a few of his overpaid minions out there clearing up the rubbish.
Doesn't need a report for me to see the shocking amount of litter at Newgale. Much, I guess caused by recent storms. Would be nice to see the CEO of Pembs CC and a few of his overpaid minions out there clearing up the rubbish. philipw
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8:40pm Sun 30 Mar 14

Tttoommy says...

philipw wrote:
Doesn't need a report for me to see the shocking amount of litter at Newgale. Much, I guess caused by recent storms. Would be nice to see the CEO of Pembs CC and a few of his overpaid minions out there clearing up the rubbish.
THEY are the rubbish that should be cleared up first in Pembrokeshire ;-(
[quote][p][bold]philipw[/bold] wrote: Doesn't need a report for me to see the shocking amount of litter at Newgale. Much, I guess caused by recent storms. Would be nice to see the CEO of Pembs CC and a few of his overpaid minions out there clearing up the rubbish.[/p][/quote]THEY are the rubbish that should be cleared up first in Pembrokeshire ;-( Tttoommy
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