State of local beaches disappoints Clarke

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Friday, May 17th, 2013
South Down Alliance Party spokesperson Councillor Patrick Clarke has voiced his disappointment that the amount of rubbish found on the region’s shores has gone up by more than 60% compared to 2011 according to the Marine Conservation Society.

Clarke during the Newcastle beach clean-up

Speaking to Newry Times, Councillor Clarke stated, “It is disappointing that many of Northern Ireland’s beaches were the most littered in the UK last year with more than 8,224 pieces of litter found per kilometre of sand.” “In Northern Ireland there has been a significant rise in the amount of cigarette stubs on beaches, as well as plastic drinks bottles, crisp packets, sweet wrappers, ice cream wrappers as well as personal litter. “People need to take personal responsibility for how they dispose of rubbish when visiting beaches across Northern Ireland as it is clearly evident from the report by the Marine Conservation Society that people are still littering our beaches. “For a second year in a row a plastic plague on our shores has been revealed by the Marine Conservation Society. Despite 2012 being the wettest summer on record, people still managed to drop various types of litter across Northern Ireland beaches. Clarke added, “There now needs to be a concerted effort and responsibility by the general public to respect their beaches by not dropping rubbish which is causing Northern Ireland’s beaches to be the UK’s most littered.”
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