The MCS’s Great British Beach Clean 2017 Full Results

The MCS’s Great British Beach Clean 2017 Full Results

The full results from the Marine Conservation Society’s Great British Beach Clean event show that the amount of litter on our beaches has increased by 10% compared to 2016.

The MCS, along with Waitrose, held the Great British Beach clean over the weekend of 15th–18th September. This event was a big part of the MCS’s Beachwatch – their national beach cleaning and litter surveying programme which aims to help people all around the UK to care for their coastline.

Over the course of the weekend, nearly 7000s volunteered at one of 300+ beach clean events. Volunteers were tasked to collect litter from the beach and survey what they found. We took part at Eastney Beach near Southsea on Friday 15th September.

Great British Beach Clean 2017 Full Results

Our beach cleaners armed and ready to go!


A whopping 255,209 pieces of litter was collected and removed from the beaches over the course of the weekend – that makes approximately 718 pieces of rubbish for every 100m stretch of beach that was cleaned. That is a staggering amount of litter left on our beaches. And as with previous years, the MCS found that tiny bits of plastic were the most commonly found items with on average 225.3 pieces per 100m. Click here to read the full report and to find out how you can help the MCS Stop the Plastic Tide – both through direct involvement with the charity and from changing your plastic usage habits.

Our team had a great time at the beach clean. When they arrived, the MCS armed them with litter pickers, rubbish bags and a clipboard to survey the items they collected (which contributed to the full report). Click here to see photos and a video of our team in action at the event. Next years’ Great British Beach Clean will be taking place 14-17th September and will mark the 25th year the MCS has been cleaning our beaches. We will be sure to send a team along to take part.

Litter on our beaches and in our seas puts the UK’s marine wildlife under threat; many species accidentally eat or become tangled in it. It’s also dangerous for people and it damages our tourism and fishing industries. We’re excited to have taken part and done our bit ‘in turning the tide on litter’.

To find out more about the Marine Conservation Society, why we support them and how to donate, click here.