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The Great British Beach Clean

The Marine Conservation Society, along with Waitrose, is holding a Great British Beach Clean event over the weekend of 15th–18th September. This event is 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, you can register to volunteer at one of 200+ beach events. Volunteers are tasked to collect litter from the beach and survey what they find. We are taking part at Eastney Beach near Southsea on Friday 15th September. To find out more about the Great British Beach Clean, or to find an event near you – click here.

 

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Eastney Beach

 

Many of the plastics removed from this years’ events will be sorted and recycled. The rigid plastic and cigarette stubs will be turned into shampoo bottles and advertising boards with the help of TerraCycle.

At last year’s event, a whopping 268,384 pieces of litter were collected and removed from the beaches over the course of the weekend. That is a staggering amount of litter left on our beaches. 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 take part and do 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.

 

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