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Thursday 12 April: Old plastic lingers on in our environment

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Picture of plastic litter on the beach
Plastic litter on the beach (credit: Getty Images)

A report in the Daily Mail today highlighted the discovery by a group of volunteer beach cleaners in Cornwall of a 1980s crisp packet and a 1950s washing up liquid bottle.

We all have a part to play in keeping our beaches and streets free from litter.

The Government funds the Marine Conservation Society to organise regular beach cleans and according to their website their volunteers removed 255,209 pieces of litter from 339 beaches during September last year.

Keeping the country’s streets clean cost local councils almost £700 million last year. Much of this is avoidable litter, and money that could be better spent in the community.

Environment Minister Thérèse Coffey said:

Littering is a scourge on our environment and we waste taxpayers’ money cleaning it up – funds which could be better spent in the community.

We want to be the first generation to leave our environment in a better state than we found it, and I encourage everyone to take responsibility for their litter and recycle more.

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