05 Oct '15, 5pm

Millions of plastic pellets contaminate Cornwall beaches - The Ecologist

Millions of plastic pellets contaminate Cornwall beaches - The Ecologist

Nurdles float and look a lot like fish eggs, which are a major food source for many species, so they're eaten by many marine creatures. They cause direct harm to animals, and could even pass along the food chain - potentially affecting the food we eat. As today's plastic bag charge comes into force, uncounted millions of 'nurdles', tiny plastic pellets under a millimetre across, have washed up along Cornwall's scenic coastline. It's a timely reminder if there ever was one that the 5p plastic bag charge, which comes into force in England today, is barely scratching the surface of our plastic waste problem. Tens of thousands of the mainly grey and black pellets have been found on beaches on both coasts around Falmouth, Newquay, Mevagissey and Whitsand Bay. The nurdles are the raw material used to make virtually all our plastic items. Their origin is unknown however they may ...

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