Thousands of volunteers clean up for the Great British Beach Clean

Date posted: 24 September 2019

We’d like to thank each and every one of you who joined us on beaches across the UK this weekend, soaking up the last of the summer sun. To those of you who helped organise a beach clean or volunteered your time, thank you for helping to keep the UK’s beaches beautiful and gathering data to help us push for change.

This year marked 26 years of the Great British Beach Clean; each year we’ve seen more people descend onto the UK’s coast to support our mission to rid our beaches of litter and gather all important data for us to make real, tangible change to support our marine life for the future. As we all become increasingly aware of the numerous threats to our underwater ecosystems, it’s cheering to see so many people taking action and helping to protect our vulnerable ocean.

Whilst we’re pretty sure this year’s Great British Beach Clean was the biggest ever, we don’t know for certain yet. We’ll have to wait for exact numbers on how many people took part and more information on what was found over the weekend in the 2019 report later this year. If you’d like to be the first to see the results, make sure you’re signed up to our newsletter.

Thanks for all your help, and see you next year!

Actions you can take

  1. Organise a beach clean
  2. Download the Great British Beach Clean Report 2019
  3. Visit the beachwatch website
  4. Join a beach clean

Did you know?…

Globally, plastic litter has reached every part of the world’s oceans

MCS launched its Beachwatch programme in 1994

Why not join a beach clean ... or organise one?

To date, our beach clean volunteers have removed 6 million pieces of litter from our beaches and collected marine litter data to support our campaigns for cleaner seas and beaches.

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