Fast Facts from Surfers Against Sewage

Here are some FAST FACTS from Surfers Against Sewage if you wish to use and share to raise awareness: 

- At least 267 marine species have suffered from contact with marine debris

- A 140% increase in plastic litter since 1994

- 38.5 million single-use plastic bottles and a further 58 million cans every day!

- £18 million spent on removing beach litter annually by local authorities

- A Plastic bottle may persist in the marine environment for more than 450 years if left on a beach

- 8 million pieces of marine litter enter the sea every day. 

- 95% of fulmars in the North Sea have ingested plastic

- 37.4 percent of marine litter comes directly from the public

- Over 100,000 marine mammals and over 1 million seabirds die every year from ingestion of and entanglement in marine litter

- On average there are 46,000 pieces of plastic floating in every square mile of ocean

- Alarmingly, over the past 15 years the amount of marine litter washing up on UK beaches has almost doubled

- Did you know a cotton bud stick can take 150 years to break down in the marine environment

- More than 320 Sewage Related Debris items are found per mile of beach in the UK; these items include wet wipes, cotton bud sticks, and sanitary items

Sian Sykes