Coastal and marine litter includes items found on a beach or at the coast, whether washed up or left behind, as a result of human activity.
Non Governmental Organisations all over the world are working to tackle marine litter, and international legislation is developed to set targets at every level. Including:
The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) states that 80% of litter in Scotland’s marine environment is transported there from land by rivers, drainage or wind. Every time you visit your favourite beach, pick up a piece of litter and dispose of it appropriately - the only cure for litter is you.
Find out more information about the facts, types and the sources of litter through clicking on the links to the left. If you are passionate about doing your bit, get involved in our Clean Up Scotland campaign today.
For more information on our campaign and how to register a Clean Up and to order a free Clean Up kit, please visit our dedicated webpage.