Volunteers at a previous Coastwatch Ireland survey

Ireland - Plastic Bottles Still ’Peak Litter Item’ In Latest Coastwatch Ireland Survey Results

There has been a dramatic halving in the number of drinks containers littered around Ireland’s coastline.

Coastal litter caused by drinks containers has halved in one year, but macro and micro debris is still plentiful around the Irish coastline.

Results from 541 survey areas recorded by a team of Coastwatch Ireland volunteers last autumn found continued distribution of abandoned vehicles, girders and machinery, household, construction, fishing, aquaculture and angling litter.

Tyres are not only being dumped, but are also being used to trap peeler crabs for angling bait, particularly along the southern coastline.

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