AN 11-year-old yoghurt pot which was found washed up in Burnham-on-Sea has sparked fresh concerns about plastic pollution.

The Muller pot was recovered by volunteers from Burnham Beach Clean on Saturday (October 20) just two weeks after a 47-year-old Fairy Liquid Bottle was found washed up in Brean.

Mark Hollidge from Burnham-on-Sea Beach Clean, said more needs to be done to crackdown on waste.

“We know that plastics take ages to break down,” Mark said.

“The work will always be there but my view is that over the two years we have been involved the amount of rubbish has decreased to a degree.

“However, if we stopped it will undoubtedly build up again.

“On Saturday we cleared a lot of small pieces and, as we know from programmes like Drowning in Plastic, this is the stuff that gets swallowed by wildlife.

“People who walk the area tell me that the banks of the estuary are much improved and we will continue with our work for as long as people support us by turning up.

“More government initiatives like imposing charges for plastic shopping bags and highlighting the problems of cotton bud sticks are needed.

“Most of the items we buy are shrouded in plastic and that needs to change.”

Volunteers from Burnham-on-Sea beach clean will next meet on November 24 from 10am until noon.

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