Over the past decade or so, the public has become increasingly aware that in many countries including the UK, sewage is not being disposed of effectively. Conspicuous lumps of faecal material and vaginal tampons deposited on the beach are still a common and unwelcome sight. Sewage-related debris (SRD) remains the second most common category of litter recorded in the UK Marine
Conservation Society's Beachwatch survey. This survey uses volunteers to collect and count litter items along selected stretches of coastline throughout the UK, and is repeated at intervals.
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