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28 April, 2007

Stick it in the bin

According to a survey by the Marine Conservation Society, there's an average of two items of litter per metre on UK beaches.  That includes direct littering by visitors (34%), fishing debris (11%) sanitary waste (10%) and shipping litter (2%).  I was surprised to read that the second most common item found was plastic sticks from cotton buds (84% of the sewage-related class), presumably the result of people disposing of them in toilets.

I hope no-one reading this would do that. Just don't. Use a bin.
However, given that it's happening, I wonder whether there's any mileage in the idea of using paper-based sticks.


I've tried to find cotton buds with paper-based sticks, because they'll be at least somewhat compostable. They surely must exist, but unsurprisingly I couldn't see any on a cursory search of Wilkos. I wonder if Single Step would know?

Posted by Calephetos at April 30, 2007 09:31 AM
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