Cromwell Polythene beach clean research suggests reduction in littering

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Employees involved in a litter pick on the beach
The beach clean in action
Local authorities have some great campaigns in place to reduce littering and improve recycling rates. These include measures particular to seaside areas, where beach litter is a threat to marine wildlife, tourism and the fishing industry.

To mark this year’s Recycle Week and our 35th anniversary, the Cromwell Polythene team, which supplies a range of polythene products to aid recycling, undertook a comparison beach litter research. The team joined Great British Beach Clean organisers, the Marine Conservation Society and volunteers from the Yorkshire Wildlife Trust’s Living Seas Centre, to collect and record litter found on Filey beach on the North Yorkshire coast.

Levels of litter were recorded across the same predefined items as a similar survey Cromwell undertook last year, across eleven types: plastic/polystyrene, rubber, cloth, paper and cardboard, wood (machined), metal, glass, pottery/ceramics, sanitary waste, medical waste and faeces.

The team were very encouraged to find that levels of waste materials have decreased across the same stretch of beach compared to results from the previous year’s analysis. What is also clear is that it’s not just plastic packaging washing up on the beaches, and the team were pleased this included a decrease in plastic waste.

For more on the results of the research, visit Cromwell Polythene’s website.