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Scientists seek public’s help to map plastic on UK beaches

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Food wrappers, fishing nets, bottles, straws and carrier bags are among the top 10 plastic items littering British beaches, according to new research. An interactive map of the UK published Friday to coincide with British Science Week highlights the most common and unusual plastic pollution of the coastline. Among the most found items were plastic bottles, straws, plastic fishing line and food container lids. But researchers from the British Science Association and the charity The Plastic Tide also found lavatory seats, tampons and toys. Using aerial photos of UK beaches and drone technology, the charity is surveying shores from the Isle of Mull in Scotland to west Cornwall for plastic detritus. The public is being asked to help scientists chart plastic pollution by tagging items captured by the drone. The BSA hopes to get more than 250,000 images tagged by members of the public, who will be helping to build a tool that can understand not only where plastics and marine litter come from, but determine the kind of material and the volume.

Read more: https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2018/mar/09/scientists-seek-publics-help-to-map-plastic-on-uk-beaches

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