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Piles of unwanted clothes from the UK wash up on Ghana’s beaches

Piles of unwanted clothes from the United Kingdom have washed up on a beach in Ghana, west Africa.

Heaps of unwanted clothes from the UK wash up on Ghana's beaches
Heaps of unwanted clothes from the UK wash up on Ghana’s beaches

Disturbing pictures from the capital city of Accra in Ghana show huge piles of wet garments strewn over the sand, with many of these thoughts to have been imported from Britain and other western nations.

According to environmental sustainability charity WRAP, up to 70 percent of the UK’s waste clothes from retail and donation are sent abroad, with only the United States exporting more worldwide.

The charity pointed out that most of the clothes sent to West Africa from the UK and America cannot be resold as a result of their poor condition and these clothes end up being a major contributor to pollution.

Photographs from the coastal fishing community of Jamestown in Accra show the scale of the problem.

One picture shows a man stepping over a mound of clothes that extends from the sand into the sea.

Heaps of unwanted clothes from the UK wash up on Ghana's beaches
Heaps of unwanted clothes from the UK wash up on Ghana’s beaches
Heaps of unwanted clothes from the UK wash up on Ghana's beaches
Heaps of unwanted clothes from the UK wash up on Ghana’s beaches

 

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