Plastic particles are found in a third of fish caught off Britain. It is thought the fish - many of which reach the human food chain - feed on plastics mixed in plankton and cause harm to see sea creatures.
Unflushable items like wipes may contain plastic, which is a massive threat to marine life. Any plastic fragments get slowly broken down and become microplastics, which are then eaten by marine life.
Keep It Clear is working with the UK’s leading scientists and marine biologists, including Prof. Richard Thomson of the University of Plymouth who advised the UK and other countries on the ban on plastic bags and research on microbeads.
Marine Conversation Society’s 2017 Great British Beach Clean weekend found on average in the UK, 718 litter items were collected per 100 metres, an increase of 10% compared to 2016.
These items included cotton bud sticks, wet wipes and sanitary towels. Data from the 2017 Great British Beach Clean revealed a startling 94% rise in the number of wet wipes found on UK beaches.
As well as our support of Marine Conservation Society’s unflushable campaign, we work with a number of relevant stakeholders including Keep Britain Tidy, and local authorities to tackle the causes of pollution on beaches and in bathing waters.
Uniquely among water companies, Anglian Water has a team of coastal catchment advisors who work in local patches to investigate sources of pollution, tackle the problem of misconnected sewers and encourage the correct use of surface water drains.
Meet our Coastal Protection Team who will be helping to identify and follow up on potential sources of pollution for our beaches.
We also help fund BeachCare groups in places like Great Yarmouth and Southend to organise volunteers who pick litter and carry out wildlife surveys. From regular beach cleans to sand sculpture workshops and marine debris art, there’s a lot happening.
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