Record numbers of volunteers are anticipated this weekend to help clear litter in the 25th annual Great British Beach Clean.
The Marine Conservation Society has been running the four-day beach cleaning for the past 24 years and expects 2018 to beat all records. This year, before any litter has been picked, 7,391 volunteers have preregistered at 432 coastal spots.
Last year’s helpers retrieved 718 pieces of rubbish from every 100 metres cleaned. Much of the waste was plastic, prompting the MCS to call on the government to urgently introduce a charge on single-use plastic items, such as straws, cups and cutlery.
Litter classed as “on the go” items made up 20% of all rubbish found on the UK’s beaches, while 63% was dumped by the public. Rebecca Smithers