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Marine Littering and Sources in Nordic Waters

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Marine litter is a global environmental problem that endangers wildlife and has great socio-economic and aesthetic impacts. To identify sources of marine litter is an important key in order to propose cost-effective measures. Pick analyses of beach litter have therefore been conducted in order to categorise litter items from a product perspective. The results confirm that plastic are the most common litter material found on beaches in the Nordic countries. Short life items and packaging are dominating, which is strongly linked to individual consumers. It is further concluded that the plastics and packaging industry has an important role to play to decrease the amount of marine litter.

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The Keep Sweden Tidy Foundation shapes public opinion that promotes recycling and combats littering via public awareness campaigns, awards and environmental education. The Foundation strives to influence public attitudes and behaviour in order to encourage sustainable development.

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