Skegness beaches were among the tidiest visited in a nationwide clean-up operation led by an environmental charity last year.
The Marine Conservation Society’s figures, published today revealed that just two bags of litter were collected on the half kilometre stretch of Central Beach visited for the annual Beachwatch Big Weekend volunteer tidy-up in 2012.
With beaches elsewhere in the country yielding more than 20 times that level of litter, East Lindsey District Council is delighted with the results.
The council’s portfolio holder for the environment Coun Tony Bridges said: “The figures quoted in the Marine Conservation Society report are very encouraging for Skegness indeed.
“It goes to show that in East Lindsey we take the cleanliness of our beaches very seriously, both with education of people not to drop litter, and our effectiveness and efficiency in collecting any litter that is dropped.”
Nationally, however, the MCS fears there is a ‘legacy of litter’ being left on Britain’s beaches as the level of plastic rubbish and smoking materials left by inconsiderate visitors rose at an alarming rate.
The number of cigarette stubs found on the beaches had doubled year-on-year while the amount of plastic increased by three per cent - and now accounts for around two thirds of all litter left.
Beachwatch officer Lauren Eyles said: “As we continue to embrace the concept of a throwaway society it’s no surprise that plastic dominates the litter we find. Over the past few years we have seen a drop in the number of cigarette butts we’ve found on our beaches but this year that trend has totally reversed.”