The amount of waste dumped on the beaches of the Kingdom United is decreasing year by year, according to the results of the 2021 Great British Beach Clean, organized by the Marine Conservation Society (MCS).
The volunteers found 385 waste per 100 mbeach res on average, up from 425 in 2020 and 558 in 2019. Single-use plastic bags have fallen from a high of 13 per 100 meters in 2013 to just three in 2021. Plastic bag tax introduced in 2015 reduced their use in supermarkets by 95%.
plastic cotton swabs topped the top 10 most common types of waste following a ban in Scotland in 2019 and England in 202 0 . The average of six per 100 meters in 2021 was the lowest since the beach clean-up began 28 years ago and was down from 15 in 2020.
MCS said the results were positive and showed that actions at personal, local and national levels were having an impact. But he said 75% of beach waste was still plastic or polystyrene and the "aThe government's piecemeal phase-out of single-use plastic was not enough.
The beach clean-up took place September 17-26 and over 6,000 volunteers attended cleaned up five tonnes of garbage on 55 km of UK beaches. The most common items were pieces of plastic and polystyrene, followed by cigarette butts, packets of crisps and candy, and plastic caps and lids.
Recent research has shown plastic takeaway food and drink dominated the waste in the world's oceans. A study in 2020 found the The UK and US produced more plastic waste per person than any other major country.
The UK government took its latest step towards banning single-use plastic plates, cutlery and cups on Saturdays, when it launched a consultation with a call for testimonials on how to cut waste from wet wipes, cigarette filters and plastic bags.
The consultation had were followed in August when activists stated that progress in reducing plastic waste was "a turtle step ", with the EU having banned many articles in July . A return deposit system (DRS) for bottles in plastique will not be in place in England until the end of 2024 at the earliest, six years after being proposed by the government. A The Scottish DRS program has also been postponed until 'in 2023.
Dr Laura Foster, MCS Clean Seas Officer, said:' UK governments' The current piecemeal approach to politics on single-use plastics will no longer be enough. While we see a downward trend in waste on beaches, we still see huge volumes of plastic waste washed up on our shores. Comprehensive and ambitious policies on plastics to single-use are the fastest It 'sa way to phase out plastic from our environment. "
Lizzie Prior, Beach Watch Officer at MCS, said it was difficult to say how much people's behavior changed during the pandemic had influenced litter trends:" There is had changes in lunchtime eating habits, with fewer people in the office and therefore a reduction in single-use plastic at lunchtime. But some of the downward trends, such as plastic bags, were occurring before the pandemic.
She said waste PPE was found on every third beach, although masks were only the 59th most common item.
A spokesperson for the Ministry of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs said: “We are delighted to see the amount of waste found on our declining beaches and the positive impact of our policies such as single use carry bag charge.ant, we know there is more to do.
The environment, pollution and climate change are now the main concern of the UK public, according to an Ipsos Mori poll released on Wednesday. Twice as many people cited climate and the environment as a priority issue than the economy, a result pollsters had never seen before. As in previous polls, ecological concerns were found to be high according to age , social class and political spectrum.