Environment Minister Joins Volunteers Armed With Litter Pickers For The Great British Beach Clean At Aldeburgh

Date posted: 16 September 2017

The UK’s leading marine charity, the Marine Conservation Society (MCS), was joined by the Environment Minister Thérèse Coffey at Aldeburgh beach today when she took part in the charity’s Great British Beach Clean.

MCS says it was delighted to welcome the Suffolk Coastal MP to Aldeburgh – the Minister is no stranger to beach cleans as she does one somewhere in her constituency every year.

Speaking at the clean-up, Environment Minister Thérèse Coffey said:

“We all have a role to play in tackling litter that blights our beaches and threatens our oceans, and it’s fantastic to see organisations like the Marine Conservation Society bringing communities together for such a great cause.

“We’re making great strides – our 5p carrier bag charge has taken nine billion plastic bags out of circulation and our microbeads ban will help to prevent wildlife from ingesting harmful plastic. I’m committed to doing all I can to protect our precious oceans from plastic pollution.”

Dr Chris Tuckett, MCS Director of Programmes joined the Minister at the beach:

“We’re delighted to welcome the Minister along to this survey and clean-up, as we need to keep the issue of marine litter at the forefront of Defra’s thinking. Dr Coffey has been a Defra minister during development of the recent legislation to ban microbeads and with Scotland giving the go ahead to a Deposit Return Scheme just a few weeks ago, Westminster must now seriously consider introducing the same. Dr Coffey is no stranger to the problems our beaches are facing and it’s great that she’s getting stuck in and seeing the problems first hand.”

Last year at Southwold beach, Dr Coffey was among a group of volunteers who found lots of wet wipes, and a rabbit warren which was blocked with a build-up of rubbish which she helped dig out.

This year, the Great British Beach Clean in England is being sponsored by Waitrose who are supporting MCS’ year round beach clean programme.

MCS beach litter projects are also supported by players of People’s Postcode Lottery.

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