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Surfers Towards Sewage maintain common seashore clean-ups throughout the UK

A charity that cleans up seashores says the coronavirus pandemic has induced a brand new wave of plastic air pollution.

Surfers Towards Sewage says it has seen an “explosion” of discarded masks and plastics on seashores and in rivers.

The group claims companies are utilizing the pandemic to revert to utilizing big quantities of single-use plastic.

From September, it plans to call and disgrace on social media particular person firms whose waste its members most often discover.

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A brand new marketing campaign in opposition to plastic air pollution will launch in September

Jack Middleton from Cornwall-based Surfers Towards Sewage stated: “Since lockdown has began to be lifted we have witnessed a brand new wave of plastic air pollution littering our seashores within the type of disposable masks and gloves.

“Whereas the PPE has helped to avoid wasting lives over the previous few months, we now want to think about how we eliminate it correctly to stop it from flowing into our rivers and oceans and destroying our seashores.

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“We’re used to seeing plastic bottles and baggage once we’re browsing however this new sort of plastic air pollution is one thing that no-one might have foreseen.”

Mr Middleton inspired individuals to make use of reusable face masks and stated measures launched to assist companies throughout lockdown had been undermining the battle in opposition to plastic air pollution.

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Surfers Towards Sewage say they’re seeing PPE turning up on seashores

“We now have seen the federal government roll again on the progress now we have made in tackling the plastic air pollution disaster,” he stated.

“The 5p plastic bag cost has been waived for meals deliveries and the ban on straws, stirrers and cotton-bud sticks that was simply weeks away from being launched has been postponed.”

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Surfers Towards Sewage litter pickers are discovering objects like face masks in rivers and the ocean

From 5 September to 18 October, Surfers Towards Sewage might be launching a marketing campaign known as The Era Sea: Plastic Protest aimed toward encouraging grass-roots motion throughout the UK.

In addition to 600 seashore and river cleans, the marketing campaign may even contain highlighting the manufacturers whose packaging is discovered most often.

Beneath a measure known as Return to Offender, plastic objects might be displayed on social media to call and disgrace the businesses liable for the merchandise.

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Charlotte England takes half in litter picks like this one near the Severn Crossing close to Bristol

PPE litter growing

Charlotte England takes half in mass clean-ups in Bristol alongside the River Avon by way of the town centre.

The 32-year-old says she has seen growing quantities of PPE, notably face masks, among the many litter she cleans up.

“You see the masks in every single place, on parks and within the streets,” she stated.

“It is a large drawback as a result of earlier than lockdown this stuff weren’t ever actually in circulation among the many common public, they had been restricted to the medical business.

“I feel what’s wanted is evident steering from the federal government on the promotion of reusable masks.

“They’ve stated they’re protected to make use of however I do not suppose the truth that they’re an [environmentally friendly] various to the single-use masks has been broadly communicated.”