Warning of beach litter increase

THE amount of litter recorded on UK beaches is at its highest level since 2008.

The findings come in the Maritime Conservation Society’s Beachwatch Big Weekend Report following volunteer litter picks in September.

Eleven volunteers took to the beach at Druridge Bay, collecting two bags of litter, weighing 60kg.

Nationwide, 1,800 rubbish bags were filled, with just over 2,000 pieces of litter found per kilometre, compared to 1,741 the year before. The amount of plastic was up three per cent, with a 100 per cent rise in cigarette stubs.