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Wet Wipes Are Trashing U.K. Beaches, Says Study (Video)

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Mar 242015
 

World By Michael Allen, Mon, March 23, 2015

There has been a 50 percent increase of wet wipes found on U.K. beaches since 2013, says a new report.

The wet wipes are found on the beach because more people are flushing the woven plastic material down the toilet, according to a new study by the Marine Conservation Society (MCS).

MCS beach watch officer, Charlotte Coombes, told the BBC:

Our sewerage systems weren’t built to cope with wet wipes. When flushed they don’t disintegrate like toilet paper, and they typically contain plastic so once they reach the sea, they last for a very long time.

They can cause blockages in our sewers, and then, everything else that has been flushed down the loo can either back up into people’s homes, or overflow into rivers and seas.

Overflows also happen during excessive rainfall or if the plumbing hasn’t been connected up properly, meaning the wrong pipes head straight to the sea. That’s when we find sewage-related debris, including wet wipes, on the beach.

Sarah Mukherjee, environment director for Water U.K., told the BBC that the only things that should be flushed down the toilet are poo, pee and [toilet] paper” (video below).

Overall, trash on the beaches from 2013 to 2014 increased by 6.4 percent, noted the report.

The study was based on trash picked up on 301 U.K. beaches by over 5,000 volunteers on Sept. 19-22, 2014.

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Beaches littered with wet wipes flushed down the toilet

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Mar 192015
 

The UK’s beaches are becoming increasingly littered with wet wipes that people are flushing down the toilet, conservationists have warned.

The number of wet wipes found in the Marine Conservation Society’s annual ”Great British beach clean” increased by some 50% in a year as more people use them instead of traditional toilet paper, to remove make- up and to apply fake tan, the charity said.

The annual survey also revealed a 6.4% increase in overall beach litter between 2013 and 2014, prompting the charity to call on the Government to do more to tackle rubbish in the country’s seas and on its beaches.

More than 300 beaches around the UK were cleaned and surveyed by 5,349 volunteers over a weekend last September, with 2,457 bits of litter collected for every kilometre of coastline cleaned – up from an average of 2,309 in 2013.

The most commonly-collected type of rubbish was pieces of plastic, while 10% of the litter collected was plastic drink bottles and aluminium drinks cans and 11% was related to commercial and recreational fishing.

Volunteers also found some unusual items including a colostomy bag, a plastic hand, a piping gun nozzle, a bra strap and, on one beach, nine pairs of shoes of various sizes.

An average of 35 wet wipes, which do not disintegrate when flushed down the toilet, were found for every kilometre of beach cleaned in 2014, up from 23 of the little square cloths per kilometre the previous year.

MCS beachwatch officer Charlotte Coombes said the UK’s sewers were not built to cope with wet wipes – which have also been causing a problem elsewhere in the world.

”When flushed they don’t disintegrate like toilet paper, and they typically contain plastic so once they reach the sea, they last for a very long time.

”They can cause blockages in our sewers and then everything else that has been flushed down the loo can either back up into people’s homes, or overflow into rivers and seas.

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'50% rise' in wet wipes littering Britain's beaches

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Mar 192015
 

ITV Report 19 March 2015 at 5:19am Britain’s beaches are becoming increasingly littered with wet wipes. Credit: Gareth Fuller/PA Wire

Britain’s beaches are becoming increasingly littered with wet wipes that people are flushing down the toilet, conservationists have warned.

The number of wet wipes found in the Marine Conservation Society’s annual “Great British beach clean” increased by some 50% in a year as more people use them, the charity said.

The annual survey also revealed a 6.4% increase in overall beach litter between 2013 and 2014, prompting the charity to call on the Government to do more to tackle rubbish in the country’s seas and on its beaches.

300

beaches around the UK were cleaned and surveyed.

2,457

bits of litter were collected for every kilometre of coastline cleaned.

2,309

The average bits of litter found in 2013.

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Scotland's beaches littered with wet wipes

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Mar 192015
 

Beaches surveyed in the Marine Conservation Society (MCS) Great British Beach Clean last September showed Scotland’s shores were covered with highest levels of bathroom waste – including cotton buds, condoms, tampons, nappies and, increasingly, wet wipes – of any of the home nations.

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A total of 14 per cent of litter on Scottish beaches was so-called sewage-related debris – “stuff people put down the toilet but shouldn’t” – nearly double the 2013 figure of 7.4 per cent and more than two-and-a-half times the level on the beaches of the UK’s next worst-affected nation, Wales.

Of the 14 per cent, some 34 per cent was wet wipes – more than treble the amount in 2013, the highest increase anywhere in the UK.

Campaigners say it is clear that more Scots are using the toilet as a watery dustbin.

MCS Scotland Programme Manager Calum Duncan said wipes, often described as flushable, were being put down the loo instead of thrown in the bin.

He said: “Our sewerage systems weren’t built to cope with wet wipes. When flushed they don’t disintegrate like toilet paper, and they typically contain plastic so once they reach the sea, they last for a very long time. They can cause blockages in our sewers, and then everything else that has been flushed down the loo can either back up into people’s homes, or overflow into rivers and seas.

“Overflows also happen during excessive rainfall, or if the plumbing hasn’t been connected up properly meaning the wrong pipes are heading straight to the sea. That’s when we find sewage related debris, including wet wipes, on the beach.”

The data showed sewage-related debris is higher in estuaries throughout the UK, including the Firth of Forth.

When non-bathroom waste is included in the figures, however, Scotland’s beaches came out significantly cleaner than England’s.

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North East beaches see wave of wet wipes littering region's coastline

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Mar 192015
 

A new cleaning fad is threatening to wipe out progress in the drive to reduce litter on North East beaches.

Wet wipes are littering beaches, including those in the region, as more people choose to use the moist cloths to remove make-up, replace traditional toilet paper, apply fake tan or for general bathroom cleaning.

According to the latest beach litter data collected by the Marine Conservation Society (MCS) and published on Thursday in its Great British Beach Clean report, numbers of wet wipes found on beaches increased by over 50% in a year.

The rise in the number of wipes on beaches between 2013 and 2014 equates to 35 of the little squares on every kilometre of coastline cleaned by the charitys volunteers.

Nationally during the weekend-long event last September, 5,349 volunteers cleaned and surveyed over 300 beaches.

A total of 2,457 pieces of litter were collected for every kilometre cleaned and surveyed in 2014 compared to 2,309 in 2013.

In County Durham the figure was 11,488 and in Northumberland 912. On the two Tyne and Wear beaches surveyed, the figure for Tynemouth Longsands was 910 items per km and for Sandhaven in South Shields it was 97.

MCS Beachwatch officer, Charlotte Coombes, said that the problem is that wipes are being put down the loo instead of in the bin. She said: Our sewerage systems werent built to cope with wet wipes. When flushed they dont disintegrate like toilet paper, and they typically contain plastic so once they reach the sea, they last for a very long time.

They can cause blockages in our sewers, and then, everything else that has been flushed down the loo can either back up into peoples homes, or overflow into rivers and the sea.

Overflows also happen during excessive rainfall, or if the plumbing hasnt been connected up properly meaning the wrong pipes are heading straight to the sea.

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Cleanup Operations On Peleliu and Angaur Islands Graphic – Video

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Mar 162015
 



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Dive into Adventure: Poor Knights Islands Marine Reserve, Whangarei – Video

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CNN Mouthpiece Gets Owned by U S Marine Over Second Amendment 162013 – Video

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Feb 112015
 



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Marine vet gets warm welcome to the freedom movement – Video

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Jan 232015
 



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America’s Criminal Government Exposed – Video

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Jan 122015
 



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Book Review | Islands Of The Damned: A Marine At War In The Pacific – Video

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Dec 272014
 



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NSA reveals it used to have a Clown Club

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Dec 172014
 

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We’ve seen many NSA-related details surface, but none of them quite as unexpected as the latest revelation: the agency used to have a Clown Club. Less you think that is some cheery codename for a secret collective or program, it’s not — it was a literal Clown Club. It sounds almost too odd to be true, but the information was revealed by the NSA itself in an unclassified scan titled “Cryptologic Almanac 50th Anniversary Series” posted on its website. The club no longer exists, but its legacy apparently lives on.

The report starts off, “Once upon a time, a man named Ned Clark worked for the National Security Agency. And while he had an ordinary job at the Agency like everyone else, that’s not how he left his mark here: he gained his NSA fame through clowning.”

Clark, having served in the Marine Corps before joining the NSA in the 50s, worked as a typewriter repairman at the Agency. By the late 50s, Clark took up clowning under the moniker “Uncle Ned” as part of his work with children and charities. His life as a clown eventually spilled over to his job at the agency, where he “could always be counted on to entertain at the NSA Christmas Party or any other NSA family party.”

In the 1970s, the agency had its own NSA Clown Club, of which Clark was the president. The Club contained the Clarkwheel Clowns, and was intended to “promote and develop among the membership interest, knowledge, and skill in being a clown.” Clark is said to have given at least one lecture on clowning at the Friedman Auditorium during his time.

Clark passed away at the age of 67 in 1992, and at a time that isn’t known the club was disbanded. However, as of 2002, one of the club’s members going by the name “Snaggs” was still working for the NSA.

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National Front leader wants government to leave NATO over CIA torture report – Video

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Dec 162014
 



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Hail to the Spirit of Liberty – Video

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Nov 092014
 



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Toxic Red Tide Threatens Florida Beaches, Marine Life and Could Devastate Economy. – Video

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Sep 242014
 



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Beach cleans at Instow, Croyde and Westward Ho!

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Sep 162014
 

Parry says he is ‘sick’ of seeing litter on the beach.

Monday, September 15, 2014 8:00 AM

Join in a Barefoot Beach Clean on one of North Devons beaches.

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Three beach cleans will be held in Westward Ho!, Instow and Croyde this Saturday.

Meet at Westward Ho! Tesco Express at 9.30am; at the slipway opposite the Commadore Hotel in Instow at 11am; or at Croyde beach cafe at 10am for the clean ups.

Tom Bell, Marine Conservation Society campaigns manager, said: Our domestic habits over the last 50 years or so have resulted in dirty beaches.

We throw more stuff away than ever.

Plastic in the marine environment may take hundreds of years to break down and it washes up or is blown onto beaches in bits from micro pieces to larger chunks.

We flush stuff down the loo we shouldnt, and that ends up in our water ways and then our beaches.

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Canadian CF-18 in NATO Baltic Air Policing Mission – Video

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Sep 112014
 



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Volunters sought to help clean up beaches

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Sep 092014
 

A NATIONAL marine charity has urged people to take part in helping to clear beaches around Yorkshire.

The Marine Conservation Society is looking for people to join beach cleans at Robins Hood Bay, Scarborough, Filey and Flamborough. The Marine Conservation Society (MCS) runs regular beach cleans around the UK which this year will culminate in the Great British Beach Clean over the weekend of September 19 to 22.

Tom Bell, MCS Campaigns Manager, said: Our domestic habits over the last 50 years or so have resulted in dirty beaches. We throw more stuff away than ever. Plastic in the marine environment may take hundreds of years to break down and it washes up or is blown onto beaches in bits from micro pieces to larger chunks.

We flush stuff down the loo we shouldnt, and that ends up in our water ways and then our beaches. We want to see people turning out to clean up their favourite or local beach during our Great British Beach Clean weekend please dont turn your back on our beaches.

There are beach clean events in Yorkshire Flamborough, Hessle Foreshore, Hornsea, Spurn, Hunmanby Gap, Robin Hoods Bay, Sandsend, Scarbough, Sewerby Steps, Tate Hill Sands, Filey, and Reighton Sands.

To find out dates and times at individual beaches and to sign up to the Great British Beach Clean in Yorkshire, register at mcsuk.org/greatbritishbeachclean or call 01989 567807.

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