Good clean fun on the Great British Beach Clean
LIFESTYLE | September 1, 2017

Good clean fun on the Great British Beach Clean

Forget Bake Off, we’re devoting our time to another Great British event. Put aside the national obsession with calorific cake-based controversies for one weekend, grab those gloves and head to the shore for the Great British Beach Clean!

So what’s it all about?

On beaches, canal paths and riverbanks alike over the long weekend of 15th-18th September, the Great British Beach Clean sees teams of volunteers equipped with stout gloves, bin bags and litter ‘grabbers’ clearing as much flotsam and jetsam as possible from the natural environment.

Each and every bit of rubbish picked up from our coastline and riverways during the Great British Beach Clean will be logged and counted towards the Great British Beach Clean grand total, so even if you can only spare two minutes you’ll still be helping to make a difference.

This year, the Great British Beach Clean is working in partnership with Terracycle to make sure even more of the plastic plucked from the beaches will be recycled into new products. For just two examples, rigid plastic pieces will be recycled into shampoo bottles and cigarette filter stubs will be processed into material for new advertising hoardings.

Whether you’re a single person, group of friends or a volunteering family, when you join a Great British Beach Clean you’ll get a hearty welcome, healthy exercise in the fresh air and a hefty dose of warm fuzzy feelings.

To find your nearest GBBC event and join a beach clean team, head to the Marine Conservation Society’s handy listings.

Four great reasons to help ‘turn the tide’ on litter

1. Marine litter is a big danger to the wildlife that live in and along our coasts and waterways. By helping rid our shoreline of random plastic and old fishing gear, you’ll make sure that fewer creatures injure themselves by accidentally eating something they shouldn’t or becoming entangled.

2. Dirty beaches aren’t just a problem for wildlife, broken glass and other nasties are also hazardous for us human visitors as we exercise, play, sunbathe, paddle and swim.

3. Tourists aren’t exactly queuing up to return to waste-littered beaches and rivers, and fewer tourists year-on-year means less cash going into the local economy.

4. Waters polluted with microplastics are a threat to British fish populations. If you eat fish, then you’ll want to help make sure plastic stays out of the water!

Check out the scale of the marine litter problem in this short video from the Greenredeem team…

Let’s try to better last year’s Beach Clean!

In 2016, Great British Beach Clean volunteers cleaned over 360 beaches across the UK – with an incredible 268,384 individual pieces catalogued.

The good news? After the introduction of carrier bag charges in England, the number of plastic bags found HALVED in just a year.

The not-so-good news? Organisers were shocked to find that balloon waste had doubled from the previous year. Also, the waste from recyclable drinks containers, caps and lids had also risen significantly.

Even the ‘typical British summer’ weather didn’t dismay this happy band of beach cleaners:

Can’t join in on this year’s Great British Beach Clean? Watch this video to find out how you can have a #2minutebeachclean any day of the year and earn 25 Greenredeem points!

If your planning on joining this year’s Great British Beach Clean, or holding your own #2minutebeachclean next time you’re at the water line, always stay safe by following these guidelines.

How clean is your local beach or river? Will you be lending a helping hand to remove litter by joining the Great British Beach Clean or #2minutebeachclean movement? Share your thoughts and comments with us here or via Twitter and Facebook

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