year-old plastic washing-up bottle washed up on Brean beach
47 year-old washing-up bottle has been washed up on Brean beach
in a startling example of how plastics can take years to decay in
beach warden Dave Furber came across the Fairy bottle on the tideline
during last weeks high tides, as pictured here.
never seen anything this old washed up before," he told Burnham-On-Sea.com.
wording on the bottle has been weathered, but you can still clearly
read that it says '4d off' on the front, so it must date back to
before decimalisation, which was in 1971."
makes the bottle over 47 years old which is remarkable. It shows
how plastics are so slow to decay."
bottle was found among clumps of seaweed washed up along the beach,
near to Brean Down.
beach clean groups exist in our area to remove plastic debris. Litter
Free Coast Somerset organises regular beach cleans in Burnham and
Berrow to renove plastics and other man-made debris along our coastline.