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Title: Marine litter from beach-based sources: Case study of an Eastern Mediterranean coastal town

Abstract

Highlights: • This paper reports and analyzes survey data for those interested in marine litter. • Bathing beach activities must be a high priority as a point of intervention. • Beach-goers must be encouraged to take an active role in keeping beaches clean. •Plastic fragments should be targeted as a first priority for prevention (& cleanup). • Non-plastic litter varies greatly from place to place along Mediterranean shores. - Abstract: Marine litter has been a serious and growing problem for some decades now. Yet, there is still much speculation among researchers, policy makers and planners about how to tackle marine litter from land-based sources. This paper provides insights into approaches for managing marine litter by reporting and analyzing survey results of litter dispersal and makeup from three areas along an Arab-Israeli coastal town in view of other recent studies conducted around the Mediterranean Sea. Based on our results and analysis, we posit that bathing beach activities should be a high priority for waste managers as a point of intervention and beach-goers must be encouraged to take a more active role in keeping beaches clean. Further, plastic fragments on the beach should be targeted as a first priority for prevention (andmore » cleanup) of marine litter with plastic bottle caps being a high priority to be targeted among plastics. More survey research is needed on non-plastic litter composition for which amounts and geographic dispersal in the region vary greatly from place to place along Mediterranean shores. In general, findings of this study lead us to recommend exploring persuasive beach trash can design coupled with greater enforcement for short term waste management intervention while considering the local socio-economic and institutional context further for long-term efforts.« less

Authors:
 [1];  [1];  [2]
  1. Technion - Israel Institute of Technology, Faculty of Architecture and Town Planning, Technion City, Haifa 3200003 (Israel)
  2. (Ireland)
Publication Date:
OSTI Identifier:
22742185
Resource Type:
Journal Article
Journal Name:
Waste Management
Additional Journal Information:
Journal Volume: 69; Other Information: Copyright (c) 2017 Elsevier Science B.V., Amsterdam, The Netherlands, All rights reserved.; Country of input: International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA); Journal ID: ISSN 0956-053X
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
12 MANAGEMENT OF RADIOACTIVE WASTES, AND NON-RADIOACTIVE WASTES FROM NUCLEAR FACILITIES; PLASTICS; WASTE MANAGEMENT; WASTES

Citation Formats

Portman, Michelle E., E-mail: mep@technion.ac.il, Brennan, Ruth E., E-mail: ruth.brennan@tcd.ie, and Centre for Environmental Humanities, School of Histories and Humanities, Trinity College, Dublin 2. Marine litter from beach-based sources: Case study of an Eastern Mediterranean coastal town. United States: N. p., 2017. Web. doi:10.1016/J.WASMAN.2017.07.040.
Portman, Michelle E., E-mail: mep@technion.ac.il, Brennan, Ruth E., E-mail: ruth.brennan@tcd.ie, & Centre for Environmental Humanities, School of Histories and Humanities, Trinity College, Dublin 2. Marine litter from beach-based sources: Case study of an Eastern Mediterranean coastal town. United States. doi:10.1016/J.WASMAN.2017.07.040.
Portman, Michelle E., E-mail: mep@technion.ac.il, Brennan, Ruth E., E-mail: ruth.brennan@tcd.ie, and Centre for Environmental Humanities, School of Histories and Humanities, Trinity College, Dublin 2. Wed . "Marine litter from beach-based sources: Case study of an Eastern Mediterranean coastal town". United States. doi:10.1016/J.WASMAN.2017.07.040.
@article{osti_22742185,
title = {Marine litter from beach-based sources: Case study of an Eastern Mediterranean coastal town},
author = {Portman, Michelle E., E-mail: mep@technion.ac.il and Brennan, Ruth E., E-mail: ruth.brennan@tcd.ie and Centre for Environmental Humanities, School of Histories and Humanities, Trinity College, Dublin 2},
abstractNote = {Highlights: • This paper reports and analyzes survey data for those interested in marine litter. • Bathing beach activities must be a high priority as a point of intervention. • Beach-goers must be encouraged to take an active role in keeping beaches clean. •Plastic fragments should be targeted as a first priority for prevention (& cleanup). • Non-plastic litter varies greatly from place to place along Mediterranean shores. - Abstract: Marine litter has been a serious and growing problem for some decades now. Yet, there is still much speculation among researchers, policy makers and planners about how to tackle marine litter from land-based sources. This paper provides insights into approaches for managing marine litter by reporting and analyzing survey results of litter dispersal and makeup from three areas along an Arab-Israeli coastal town in view of other recent studies conducted around the Mediterranean Sea. Based on our results and analysis, we posit that bathing beach activities should be a high priority for waste managers as a point of intervention and beach-goers must be encouraged to take a more active role in keeping beaches clean. Further, plastic fragments on the beach should be targeted as a first priority for prevention (and cleanup) of marine litter with plastic bottle caps being a high priority to be targeted among plastics. More survey research is needed on non-plastic litter composition for which amounts and geographic dispersal in the region vary greatly from place to place along Mediterranean shores. In general, findings of this study lead us to recommend exploring persuasive beach trash can design coupled with greater enforcement for short term waste management intervention while considering the local socio-economic and institutional context further for long-term efforts.},
doi = {10.1016/J.WASMAN.2017.07.040},
journal = {Waste Management},
issn = {0956-053X},
number = ,
volume = 69,
place = {United States},
year = {2017},
month = {11}
}