Community clean-up report highlights extent of single-use litter

Community clean-up non-profit Plastic Patrol has published the initial findings from a study into single-use litter in the UK, revealing that 83 per cent of litter recorded over a nine-month period was plastic.

Between 5 April and 31 December 2019, volunteers across the country collected litter and uploaded photographs to the non-profit’s mobile app, categorising the item by type or brand.

Out of the 64,913 pieces recorded, plastic made up the majority of the items categorised, followed by metal (eight per cent) and glass (four per cent). Highly recyclable items, such as plastic bottles, aluminium cans and glass bottles, all featured in the top ten most frequently found types of litter.

Coca-Cola, Cadbury, Walkers, Mars and Tesco were found to be the top five most polluting brands.