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VIDEO: 576,000 Pieces Of Litter On One Cornish Beach
6:03am 4th July 2014
More than 576,000 pieces of litter have been found on one Cornish beach.
It included everything from telephones to three plastic moustaches.
Some of the waste collected from Tregantle in Whitsand Bay features in a new "supermarket" exhibition in Torpoint.
Claire Wallerstein from Rame Peninsula Beach Care said: “The area we covered really was tiny when you look at the beach as a whole, and it is pretty mind-boggling when you think that there were probably several hundred thousand more pieces we were unable to pick up before the tide came in.”
Most of the individual pieces of plastic were very small degraded fragments and also tiny ‘nurdles’ – pre-production plastic resin pellets, which are shipped worldwide as the raw material for all our plastic products.
But the almost endless list of other items totted up after a gruelling two-week sorting and counting process also included: a toilet seat, a Canadian lobster pot tag, two rolls of sticky tape, 25 shoes, 2,768 bottle tops, 500 pieces of fishing net and rope, 583 shotgun cartridges, 156 cigarette lighters, 1,310 cotton bud sticks, three plastic moustaches and 42 pieces of Lego from a container lost at sea from the ship Tokio Express in 1997.
Some will end up part of the 5m x 3m art exhibition.
TruCost Super M-Art promises to “subvert the universally mundane shopping experience, raise awareness of plastic pollution in the marine environment and inspire visitors to use plastic in more sustainable ways”.
All of its litter ‘products’ have been gathered from beaches in Devon and Cornwall by local cleaning groups.
Claire said: "We've been really happy to help collect items for this project, and we hope it will help to show just how much of our daily waste is polluting our local beaches, damaging the marine environment and killing marine life.”
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