It‘s cleaner on the Dutch beaches. Compared to 10 years ago, there’s a quarter less waste on the beach. That‘s what the North Sea Foundation calculated.
Between 2001 and 2010, an average of 388 pieces of waste were found on a hundred metres of beach. Between 2011 and 2020, the number was 282 pieces of waste. So a lot less! The researchers hope that the number will go down even further,
It is probably better because countries work better together to combat waste. Also, plastic bags have been banned for a few years and you can’t leave balloons in many places. And there are regular major cleanup actions to clean up areas of beach.
Most of the beach waste comes from fishing boats. Nets and hooks are also often left behind on the seabed. A bunch of divers are trying to clean up the nets. In this video you can see more about that.