It is estimated that 2 billion items of sanitary protection
are flushed down British toilets every year. Children, bathers and other
beach users regularly come across this and other used debris, and to
a child, the potential dangers of a condom, syringe needle or used sanitary
towel is not always obvious.
In the Beachwatch 2000 survey an estimated 12,000 separate items of
SRD were identified and in an average kilometre of beach over 110 items
Marine wildlife can also suffer. Seabirds have been found with condoms
in their stomachs, whilst others gather tampon applicators mistaking
them for nesting materials.