The number of Lidl items washed up along the Dorset coast after a cargo ship lost containers has more than tripled in recent days – as the supermarket giant pledges to help with the cleanup while an inquiry is ongoing.
Eighteen people have now reported spilled items, with a total of 75 products recovered, says Litter Free Dorset.
The previously reported results are from seven people and a total of 21 items on March 17th.
Lidl branded items have been found on West Dorset beaches, including West Bay and Charmouth.
This came after a cargo ship bound for Europe lost four containers in stormy weather.
A Lidl spokesman said: “Following an internal investigation, we can confirm that a container containing items destined for Lidl stores in Spain fell from a cargo ship in unusually heavy seas.
“Although the ship is not owned or operated by Lidl, we were deeply concerned to learn of the incident and take our own commitments to combat plastic waste extremely seriously.
“We also understand the burden this will have placed on communities directly affected by the spill and want to help with the cleanup effort. We are in the process of reaching out to independent organizations to determine the level of support needed and will endeavor to update local groups in due course.”
In addition, an investigation by the Maritime and Coastguard Agency is underway to determine the cause of the incident. Their Counter Pollution Team also works with local authorities to coordinate effective cleaning.
Litter Free Dorset has previously urged the public to remove the items from shore and report any sightings to them. That appeal still stands.
Litter Free Dorset’s Emma Teasdale said: “A big thank you to everyone who got in touch with us to let us know they have found items from the recent container accident that washed up along the Dorset coast.
“So far we have received 18 reports of spilled items washing ashore, including 61 Air by W5 air fresheners and 14 packets of Alesto snacks.”