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A Biodiversity Partnership for Ryedale, Scarborough and the Howardian Hills

World Oceans Day

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Support_World_Ocean_DaySaturday 8th June is World Oceans Day.

This post appeared as a Thunderclap Campaign by the Marine Conservation Society, which we are sharing so that you may support it too.

The 2017 Great British Beach Clean highlighted that 8.5% of debris found on the beach was related to what we flush down the toilet. Considering that over 255,000 pieces of litter were collected in just 1 weekend as part of the MCS survey that equals over 20,000 items incorrectly being flushed down the toilet. And that’s just the tip of the iceberg. The majority of items incorrectly flushed down the toilet are caught by filters at the waste waster treatment plants; the recorded items found on the beach survey are those which are either too small for the filters or are the result of a sewage overflow after heavy rain. These numbers suggest that 1000’s of people are incorrectly flushing plastics down the toilet every day. So, what types of plastics are being flushed? Below are a list of commonly flushed items, all of which are made of plastic or contain plastic fibres.  Many of these are found by beach clean volunteers washed up on our beaches:

·         Cotton bud sticks

·         Wet wipes

·         Tampon applicators

·         Sanitary towels

·         Nappies

To celebrate World Oceans Day on June 8th we’re working with partners across the UK to raise awareness about this source of plastic pollution and asking everyone to take a stand against plastic pollution and #binit4beaches instead. Will you take the pledge to flush only the 3P’s; pee, poo and (toilet) paper?

Join our Thunderclap to show your support and help reduce Plastic Pollution in our oceans today!

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Author: Tim Burkinshaw

I work in ecology and biodiversity in North Yorkshire. I'm often found outdoors snapping nature and landscapes or spotting birds. In the garden I enjoy having my hands in the earth and striving for the perfect mix of greens and browns in my compost! As a Daddy I'm used to endless questions about the world around us, and generally have an answer up my sleeve for most things. If you spot me and my hat in real life or on social media do say hello!

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