Beach clean-up

The Guardian - - NATIONAL -

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

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