Prince Edward takes family on rare outing to pick up litter on beach

PRINCE Edward took his family litter picking on the beach yesterday to highlight the rise of plastic waste.

He and wife Sophie were with daughter Louise, 16, and son James, 12, on Southsea beach, Portsmouth for the Great British Beach Clean.

They warned of a rise in single-use plastic pollution over the past few months and a lack of advice on how to safely dispose of PPE and face masks.

Sophie said: "There is no information about how people should dispose of them."

She added: "We aren't being told what to do with them.

"Obviously we would want to encourage people to use these lovely reusable masks, but sometimes you can't. It's so difficult because councils are stretched at the moment.

"But if they were to make recycling units available for people to use.

"Medical facilities and the medical profession obviously know what to do with it, they will have recycling facilities.

"I don't know whether they incinerate, I'm not sure… but we just don't know what to do with them.

"In an ideal world we would all just use these lovely reusable ones."

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