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Charmouth Bio Beads

This week I went to do a 2 minute beach clean at Charmouth and found what i thought were over 100 nurdles.

After a LOT of googling about these little menaces, I found out they are actually bio beads not nurdles. The ridged sides have a greater surface area for bacteria to grow on and help sewage digestion!

In 2018 the CPPC, the university of Plymouth and Philip Strange among others tracked these beads back to an @southwestwater sewage works above #lymeregis where they were being released with treated sewage effluent back into the sea. The sewage works were supposed to be installing extra filters to minimise future losses. Judging by how many I found I'm not sure this happened! These were found in the river mouth pool where children play. This is not acceptable! 😡

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