UK Beaches Filled With Rubbish And Plastic After July Heatwave
We just can't have anything nice without messing it up, can we? We're given the gift of a week of outrageously sunny weather, so we go to the beach and what do we go and do? Turn it into a complete s*** tip.
Photos from beaches around the country show the horrendous amount of crap we've left behind. Beer cans, food wrappers, drinks cartons, even clothes - the lot.
One image of a boy on Blackpool beach, surrounded by litter is a stark reminder of the mess and trouble that we are creating for future generations.
Emily Parr, from campaign group Love My Beach, which organises litter picks in the North-West, said: "It is completely heartbreaking to see this picture.
"Sadly we have come to expect this kind of thing but to see it on that scale is surprising.
"Our volunteers work tirelessly to keep beaches in the area clean so it's devastating to see them be treated like this.
"You can tell the rubbish is fresh and was left on the beach yesterday.
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"If it had been washed up by the sea then the colour in the cans and wrappers would be faded, but it's not."
She added: "Our message to people visiting beaches this summer is that they must take all their litter home with them.
"If you can manage to bring these things to the beach with you then you can manage to take them away with you."
It's not gone unnoticed elsewhere - people have taken to social media to share images of their local beaches, and what others have left behind following the bout of warm weather we've had lately.
How many times, people? We're trying to save the oceans! Take your rubbish with you.
Featured Image Credit: SWNS - Twitter/@peony_vintage