A great way to get involved in helping to reduce the amount of plastic and rubbish that ends up in our oceans is by signing-up to a local beach clean. Not only are they a fantastic way to meet likeminded people, you will all be working towards the same end result – less waste littering our oceans and harming our beautiful sea creatures.
There are two great organisations arranging beach clean-ups over the next couple of months, here is how you can get involved:
- Marine Conservation Society – Great British Beach Clean
The MCS has partnered with UK supermarket, Waitrose, to create the biggest beach and river clean event series ever, during the weekend of the 15th – 18th September. You can search the events list here to find your local beach clean or, if there’s nothing happening near you, organising your own with this handy ‘how to’ guide. Last year the event was just shy of 6,000 volunteers who helped to clean 364 beaches around the UK – fantastic!
- Surfers Against Sewage – Autumn Beach Clean
Happening from 23rd – 29th October, SAS is championing #PlasticFreeCoastlines and calling for people to put themselves forward as Autumn Beach Clean Leaders. Think you’ve got what it takes? Then drop the team a line here firstname.lastname@example.org.
Of course you don’t have to go to an annual organised event, however structured beach cleans are safer than going alone. If you do decide to have a clean-up of your own, take someone with you, let somebody else know where you are going and really importantly, check the tide times before you leave the house. Another thing you need to consider is where you are going to put the rubbish you have collected, don’t leave it in a pile near the bins because wildlife will get to it and they may come to harm.
Good luck to anyone getting involved in a Beach Clean event over the coming months!