Cigarette butts and filters the most common pieces of litter on Europe’s beaches

12 June 2018

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The European Environment Agency (EEA) has released new data about litter found on Europe’s beaches. Based on nearly 700,000 collected items, disposable plastics are the biggest contributor to marine litter, with cigarette butts and filters being the most commonly found individual items. Other frequently discovered objects included pieces of plastics and polystyrene, fragments of glass and ceramics, plastic cups and lids, cotton bud sticks, shopping bags, strings and cords, crisp packets and drink bottles.

The data was collected by volunteers using the EEA’s Marine LitterWatch mobile app and covered Europe’s four regional seas, the Baltic Sea, the Black Sea, the Mediterranean Sea and the North-East Atlantic Ocean. Volunteer groups collected litter data at 1,627 beach clean-up events between 2014 and 2017.

Source: EEA, 8 June 2018