50-year-old crisp packet found on beach
A50-YEAR-OLD crisp packet and a similarly old packet of Maltesers have turned up on a beach in Sefton, perfectly illustrating the problem of plastic pollution around UK coastlines.
United Utilities volunteer Tracey Crosthwaite discovered the wellpreserved Golden Wonder salt and vinegar crisps packet, which dates back to the 1960s, while on a beach clean-up in Freshfield.
The wrapper, which has survived half a century of sea, sand and the elements, was priced at 6d – the equivalent to 2½p.
Along with this, she found an old Maltesers packet, thought to be of a similar age, priced at 5½p.
A post on National Trust Formby’s Facebook page said: “Tracey, one of the United Utilities volunteer beach cleaners found these packets in the dunes yesterday, and as the Beach Litter Angels say, it really is a time capsule out there!
“But, it also illustrates just how long plastic waste hangs around. Sadly,
we couldn’t date the crisps (pre decimalisation 1971(?)) but if anyone knows more, let us know.”
The beach is often left covered in litter after Bank Holiday weekends and sunny days.
Andrew Brockbank, National Trust Countryside Manager at Formby said:
“Formby is a significant stretch of much-loved coastline with rare wildlife and sweeping sand dunes. However, the people who care for Formby face a constant battle to keep the area safe and clean.
“So many people visit Formby, especially during the warmer weather, to enjoy one of the finest beaches in the country.
“Unfortunately, some people leave their litter behind on the beaches and dunes which not only impacts on the enjoyment for others, but is a risk to local wildlife too.
“For every pound we spend emptying bins, that’s £1 less that we’re able to use on conservation work to protect Formby or to improve facilities for visitors.”
The crisp packet and Maltesers wrapper, both believed to be around 50 years old