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Report: 12.5 tonnes of litter found on Baltic Sea shores in two years

Published söndag 23 februari 2014 kl 13.10
The report showed that most of the litter originated from visitors at the beaches or from beaches in nearby cities. Photo: TT

For the first time ever an EU-project has monitored the amount of litter on shores in the Baltic Sea. In just two years, the report found 12.5 tonnes of garbage on shores in Sweden, Finland, Estonia and Latvia, news agency TT reports.

The report showed that most of the litter originated from visitors at the beaches or from beaches in nearby cities. The most common items found at beaches with many visitors was bottle caps, plastic wrappers and plastic food containers whereas the most common items found at more rural beaches were construction material and plastic ropes. On crowded beaches there could be almost 250 items per 100 meters.

"We wanted to know what kind of garbage is most common in different countries and at different beaches so that we know how to better prevent it from getting there in the first place," says Jessica Ångström, Operations Manager at Keep Sweden Tidy (Håll Sverige rent).

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