Great British Beach Clean Takes Place 14 to 17 September
The Marine Conservation Society's annual Great British Beach Clean is just around the corner, to be held this year between the 14 and 17 September around the UK.
Almost 7,000 people took part in the last year's event, with 255,209 pieces of litter removed from 339 beaches, an average of 718 pieces of rubbish for every 100m of beach that was cleaned. Every item was diligently recorded so that MCSUK could formulate the best advice for local authorities to combat the problem of litter on the nation's beaches.
2017s results showed that there was at least 10 per cent more litter, on average, found on Britain's beaches compared to 2016, however, the turnout was encouraging for the fight against litter, especially single-use plastics and food containers, the use of which has been the focus of national media campaigns.
There's plenty of time to register and volunteer, and you can find a searchable list of all the events near you at www.mcsuk.org/beachwatch/
2017 Great British Beach Clean Results
(Click the graphic for the full MCSUK report)