Tynemouth MP Alan Campbell has welcomed recent research by the Marine Conservation Society which shows the North East is doing its bit to clean up our beaches and seas.
The report showed that North East England had the lowest litter density in England with an average of 435 items of litter per 100 metres, representing 22% decrease compared to 2017 and below the UK average. The North-East also saw an increase in events and volunteers. Volunteer numbers increased from 794 in 2017 to 1,434 in 2018 and number of events increased from 37 in 2017 to 58 beach clean events in 2018.
Responding to the report Alan Campbell MP said “Although these results are good it’s important that we don’t rest on our laurels. Litter levels fluctuate year on year and for the last decade have risen by over 15% .The Great British Beach Clean is just a snapshot of the UK litter story and must be seen in the context of the broader trending picture. There’s more litter in our seas than there has ever been.”