Alert As Whitby Beach Littered With Plastic ‘Nurdles’




By Madeleine Berg in The Yorkshire Post.

A search of hundreds of beaches and rivers across the UK including several in Yorkshire has found almost three-quarters of them are littered with tiny plastic pellets. The lentil-sized pellets known as “nurdles” are used as a raw material by industry to make new plastic products. But searches of 279 shorelines in spots ranging from Shetland to the Scilly Isles have revealed 205 of the sites scoured (73 per cent) had the industrial pellets on them.


They include several sites in Yorkshire. In Fraisthope on the Yorkshire coast two hunters found between 30 and 50 in 45 minutes. In Whitby an undisclosed number of hunters found 50 to 100 in 30 minutes.

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