The types and sources
Coastal litter is usually grouped into eight main material types, but the most commonly found items are made of plastic.
The groups are:
A separate category, sewage related debris, defines a range of items made from different material types which enter the marine environment from our sewer network.
There are four main sources of coastal and marine litter:
- People (80% of coastal and marine litter comes from land - either dropped in cities, towns, rural areas or at the beach - being blown or entering our water ways via drainage systems, ultimately ending up in the marine environment).
- The fishing industry
- The shipping industry
- The sewage network