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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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Work against marine litter in the Nordic countries

Beach litter clean-up campaigns and other work to reduce marine litter are conducted by several organisations in the Nordic countries. Usually, the main aims of clean-up campaigns are advocacy and raising awareness of the problem. Beach clean-up campaigns usually involve volunteers and have several advantages, e.g. reaching many people (the public, politicians, and organisations), cleaning large areas simultaneously and collecting large amounts of litter. Clean-ups can also provide information on the quantity and composition of marine litter and give a broad picture of the scale of the problem.

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