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UK Charity Is Looking For Volunteers

The Marine Conservation Society has launched its volunteer registration for this year's ‘Great British Beach Clean’

The UK’s Marine Conservation Society (MCS) is looking for volunteers to register for a citizen science project that involves a trip to the beach.

The Great British Beach Clean (18-21 September) is the only UK-wide beach clean that records the litter finds as part of a global beach clean event.

'Beach litter has steadily risen over the two decades we’ve been recording it on UK beaches,' says MCS Beachwatch Officer, Charlotte Coombes.  'Last year’s Great British Beach Clean attracted almost 5,500 volunteers to over 300 beaches. It’s a citizen science project that has become the most respected and long standing beach litter survey in the UK.'

In 2014 tiny bits of plastic were the most frequently found litter items on UK beaches. There was a 6.4% rise in beach litter between 2013 and 2014 with wet wipes having the biggest increase at almost 50%.

'Taking part in the Great British Beach Clean really can make a difference. In previous years when we’ve highlighted increases in dog poo bags and sewage related debris found on beaches we have seen drops in numbers subsequently. We hope we’ll see fewer wet wipes in 2015 following our mini-campaign showing why these material squares should go in the bin not the loo,' says Charlotte Coombes.

'Beach litter is a serious environmental problem,' Coombes says. 'But the solution is in our hands. The first step is to register as a volunteer. We want the ‘Great British Beach Clean’ weekend to offer a snapshot of what the future could look like for the British seaside by reducing the amount of litter that reaches our shores'.

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