About 35 MCS volunteers removed 35kg of waste from the East Antrim site as part of the charity’s Great British and Northern Irish Beachline 2021.
From, led by Elena Aceves-Cully PeninsulaParticipants, including parents and students at Island Meiji Primary School, collected and noted a record 1,107 items of litter across the coast.
The data, collected by the group over the past 15 years, has helped MCS identify key sources of pollution and raise the issue of the dangers of marine pollution to our ecosystem and to humans on the local and government agenda. Will do
The batch liter survey recorded plastic as the largest source of waste (876 items) and found the top six items that day: small and large plastic bits (86), cigarette bits (160), plastic lids. / Hats (53)), crisp / sweet / lolly wrapper (45), small bags (23) and fishing line (25).
In a statement, the charity said: “It was encouraging not to encounter any cotton buds or dead or trapped animals (which was a problem in previous years). Thirty-nine pieces of glass, 34 bottles of glass and a barbecue. Also found were 21 pieces of charcoal burned by a bonfire.
“Finding a horse pooha and an 18-bag dog pooha was also very frustrating, which shows a significant increase in recent years. Coastal wildlife can be a threat to both.
“All participants noted how dangerous plastic and cigarette butts can be to marine wildlife, which can have the potential to choke or swallow them and eventually end up in our food chain. And especially dangerous for children.
“These figures tell us that the biggest source of litter on the beach is still coming to the beach, who may forget to use public containers when eating, drinking, walking or smoking.”
Further details of this survey can be found at https://www.mcsuk.org/litter-surveys/62224402-5a86-46b4-9917-e8c3e841999d/.
MCS added that it would use the results to campaign against these sources of pollution nationally.
Elena Aceves-Cully thanked everyone who supported the event.
He said: “I would like to thank the Marine Conservation Society and the Mid and East Interim Borough Council’s recycling department for providing us with cleaning equipment and materials, arranging for garbage collection after the event and picking up the day. Supported the efforts.
Once again this year, I am grateful to Island Meiji Primary School for encouraging their parents and children to attend the event, as well as for the large group of Desmo Enterprises in Carrickfergus that brought a few volunteers to the event. ۔
Great British and Northern Irish Beach and River Clean took place over the weekend from 17 to 19 September 2021 on coasts and rivers across the UK. The data recorded in each survey has been sent to MCS for identification of marine and coastal waste quantities and sources.
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