Marine Conservation Society’s annual Great British Beach Clean returns next week

The Marine Conservation Society is set to hold its annual Great British Beach Clean next week, with events running from Friday 17 to Sunday 26 September.

The Great British Beach Clean will help the charity to gather data which will contribute to a global database as part of the International Coastal Cleanup.

Lizzie Prior, Beachwatch Officer at the Marine Conservation Society, said: “The Great British Beach Clean is a fantastic opportunity to make a real difference. Not only do volunteers help keep the UK’s beaches beautiful and litter-free, they collect vital data on what’s polluting our environment.”

Supported thanks to funding raised by players of People’s Postcode Lottery, the event sees volunteers make note of the litter they collect, sharing the data with the Marine Conservation Society’s experts.

The charity has used data collected to campaign for legislation to limit beach and ocean pollution, including for Deposit Return Schemes for all types of drinks containers across the UK.

At last year’s Great British Beach Clean, volunteers collected 151,422 litter items, filling 685 bin bags with 3,132kg of rubbish.

To sign up for a beach clean, or set up your own, simply visit the Marine Conservation Society’s website:…

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