Almost 1,000 pieces of litter were picked up at Birling Gap in the annual beach clean, which also recorded the largest amount of litter on our beaches in the last 20 years.
The Marine Conservation Society found enough litter to work out there was more than 2,300 bits of rubbish for every kilometre of beach.
In a quest to tackle the trash, the charity will be running beach cleans and surveys along the coast and urges the public to help out to keep their beaches clean in the lead up the summer.
Lauren Eyles, MCS beachwatch officer, said, “This is a disgusting tide of litter which is threatening the safety of beach visitors both human and animal. It’s coming in from the sea, being blown from the land or simply being dumped and dropped.
“After 20 years of campaigning it’s disheartening that in 2013 we are seeing worse litter levels than ever.
“Plastic is a real issue for our oceans and beaches. This year we also picked up lots of lids and caps. However, despite it being a really warm summer, we saw less crisp, sweets and lolly wrappers and fewer plastic bottles.
“There’s continued good news though for Sewage Related Debris (SRD) – there’s still less of it about after we asked people to stop flushing things down the loo that should go in the bin.”
The Eastbourne beach clean-up will take place on Monday, April 28 (1pm) and start on the beach opposite the Grand Hotel. To register or for more information, visit www.mcsuk.org/foreverfish.