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82% of Litter on Northern Ireland Beaches is Plastic. Here’s How YOU Can Help!

We have GOT to sort out the plastic problem in our oceans. It has been reported this morning that 80% of all litter on Northern Ireland beaches is plastic.

Volunteers and community groups who conduct beach cleans each weekend speak frequently of the water bottles, sanitary products and plastic bags that they pick up time after time.

Plastic waste being emptied into the ocean

A truck load of plastic is emptied into the world’s oceans every minute on average CREDIT: PLASTIC OCEANS FOUNDATION

However, the evidence isn’t all anecdotal, as the Marine Litter Report from Keep Northern Ireland Beautiful has reported that of all items found on our coastline last year, 82% were plastic.

How Bad Is Plastic Pollution in Northern Ireland?

For every 100 metres of beach, volunteers collected on average 100 pieces of general plastic and 47 pieces of string, cord and rope.

As well as being an eyesore, this discarded plastic is causing real harm to our oceans and and marine life. Many species are dying because of our plastic problem. It is estimated that up to 99 per cent of sea birds will have ingested plastic by 2050, if no fundamental changes take place and there could be more plastic in the oceans than fish, by the same year.

Micro-plastics are also entering our own food chain. Eight million tonnes of waste plastic ends up in the sea each year. Fish eat it – and then we do.

How Can We Reduce Plastic Waste?

In our video below, we outline ways that businesses can start to tackle the plastic waste problem. Through eight easy steps you can make a real difference.

From recycling more, cutting down on single use bottles and cups, moving from plastic straws to biodegradable products you can make a real impact!

We can help too. We work with local businesses, schools, hospitals, community groups and more to advise on how to cut down on waste, boost recycling. We also ensure that 100% of what we collect is diverted from landfill, which means that your waste will NEVER end up on a beach or in a landfill site.

If you’d like any advice on your waste, Telephone: 028 9084 4445 or Email: