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VIDEO: Weston’s stormy weather shows just how much plastic is in our sea

PUBLISHED: 13:00 06 January 2018

The storm brought in seaweed... and rubbish. Picture: Nick Page Hayman

The storm brought in seaweed... and rubbish. Picture: Nick Page Hayman

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Storm Eleanor brought strong winds and heavy rain to Weston-super-Mare – but it also exposed how much plastic and rubbish is in the sea.

The Cleaner Coastlines campaign. The Cleaner Coastlines campaign.

The Mercury is running its Cleaner Coastlines campaign alongside the town’s chamber of commerce in a bid to achieve plastic-free coastline status for Weston.

This video by Martyn Williams was taken by Knightstone Island, and shows the huge number of polystyrene and plastic bottles brought to the surface by the stormy weather.

In just a short stretch, the video demonstrates how much rubbish is in the sea – and plastic is particularly problematic.

This is because it can take hundreds of years to break down, and in the process just turns into smaller, and smaller pieces which are often eaten by fish and marine mammals.

MORE: Five simple ways you can help Weston achieve plastic-free coastline status.

We need YOU to get on board with our campaign. Individuals can make a difference by saying ‘no’ to plastic straws, bottles of water and sharing the campaign with friends and family and on social media.

The storm brought in seaweed... and rubbish. Picture: Nick Page Hayman The storm brought in seaweed... and rubbish. Picture: Nick Page Hayman

To get plastic-free coastline status, 30 businesses should also get rid of single-use plastics and become one of our plastic-free business heroes.

Learn more on our Facebook page at Cleaner Coastlines: Weston and North Somerset plastic-free campaign.

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