COVID is killing our coastlines

COVID is killing our coastlines as PPE and non-recyclable waste clog the beautiful British beaches due to the public’s irresponsible disposal of gloves and masks.

Beautiful stretches of Britain’s beaches are being blighted by a sea of PPE that is devastating the coastline with waste.

In a two-month period on one stretch of Cornish beach alone, charity volunteers cleaned up over 650 used plastic gloves and over 250 surgical face masks.

These areas are normally a bustling hub for surfing, swimming and crowds of visitor however both locals and the visiting population is becoming more and more disenfranchised with the area due to the ever-increasing waste on the traditionally sandy shores.

It is estimate that the area as a whole has suffered debris caused by the COVID-19 pandemic totalling thousands of items of discarded waste.

While the coronavirus pandemic showing no sign of slowing down, it is extremely concerning that the previous commitments of the public to stem the tide of increasing plastic waste on Britain’s beaches seems to have taken a giant leap backwards.

This worrying new trend means that even in the future, when COVID is a distant memory, we may still end up suffering the ramifications on our environment for generations to come.

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Chris Kidd

Chris has spent a colourful and varied international career in the Arts followed by a substantial career in Education. Having moved to Spain in 2019 for a different pace and quality of life with his fiancé, he has now taken up a new and exciting role working with the online department of Euro Weekly News. Share your story with us by emailing [email protected], by calling +34 951 38 61 61 or by messaging our Facebook page