Marine litter challenge at Burnmouth

MANY thanks are due to the Burnmouth Volunteers who collected litter from the beaches recently at Partanhall, Lower Burnmouth, Cowdrait and Ross, collectively known to the Marine Conservation Society (MCS) as Burnmouth Bay.

By The Newsroom
Wednesday, 29th September 2010, 2:42 pm

Eleven bags of rubbish were collected comprising hundreds of plastic pieces and drink bottles, metal drink cans, pieces of clothing, fishing line and rope, and metal industrial pieces.

Among the unusual litter dumped on the beach were four tyres, a damaged fishbox, a broken wheelbarrow, two rat traps and a football.

On the whole the beach was cleaner than usual, due to lots of "ware" on the beaches and the excavations from the recent sewage works, covering up a lot of litter.

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MCS has at last been sucessful persuading the three main political parties and the Scottish Government to tackle marine litter thanks to statistical information submitted by volunteers (like those at Burnmouth), detailing rubbish collected from over three hundred beaches at the Annual BeachWatch Weekend held across the UK every September.

Scottish Borders Council helps by supplying gloves and bags and disposing of the litter collected.

MCS are keeping up the pressure to ensure action is taken and have produced a Nationwide Petition to present to Government with a target of halving the litter on UK beaches by 2015.

This will require a step change in attitudes to litter disposal by everybody, everywhere, on land and at sea, but will only get beach litter levels back to those of 10 years ago such is the increasing scale of the problem.