On average in the UK, 718 litter items were collected per 100m, which is an increase of 10% when compared to 2016.
This September our volunteers joined 7,000 others to participate in a nation wide beach clean as part of the Marine Conservation Society 2017 Great British Beach Clean.
Volunteers do an amazing job clearing litter, from mountain summits, rivers and beaches. But our efforts are a drop in the ocean – now we need to tackle the problem at its source as well. Be a #BluePlanetChampion
Sign the Marine Conservation Society’s petition to the UK government, the Welsh government and Scottish government asking them to “impose levies in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland on single-use plastic items such as plastic cups and lids, straws, plates and cutlery.”
Sign the Friends of the Earth’s petition to the UK government asking them for “new plans to dramatically reduce the plastic pouring into our oceans.“
Marine Conservation Society 2017 Great British Beach Clean Results
A huge thanks to everyone who got involved, we hope to see you all again in 2018.