The plastic and packaging pollution crisis still needs ambitious, creative and urgent action.
The following report analyses the data for items collected at hundreds of locations across the UK, by volunteers on behalf of Surfers Against Sewage (SAS) during the Million Mile Clean. The Million Mile Clean runs year-round, supporting a mass brand audit data collection as part of SAS’s programme of citizen science research. This year’s data was recorded between the 6th of June 2022 up until the 5th of June 2023.
This year’s dirty dozen were responsible for 70% of all branded pollution collected, citizen scientists collected 30,745 individual polluting items, 36% (10,951) of which were branded.
Our findings highlight the systemic problem the UK faces with plastic and packaging pollution. Brands, wider businesses and the government are still not doing enough to reduce packaging, switch to reuse models and enable recycling.