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In September 2014, our fantastic volunteers broke a 21 year record when they found 2,457 pieces of litter on each kilometre of beach they cleaned and surveyed.

Last September's beach clean broke other records, too. There were more volunteers, more bits of plastic found, more volunteer hours spent cleaning, and more rubbish removed form the beach than ever before. 

Now we've got a massive amount of evidence that not enough is being done to tackle the litter in the seas and on our beaches.

5,349 volunteers cleaned and surveyed 301 beaches collecting a whopping 2,457 bits of litter per kilometre!

Download the 2014 report
litter breakdown

What can YOU do about all this litter?Find a beachclean event on our Beachwatch pages

Join in!

We have two national events this year for you to take part in:

Big Beach Clean up - 7th to 13th May 2015

Great British Beach Clean - 18th to 21st Sept 2015

You can can get involved with local beachcleans all year round. Check out for more details


Our beaches and seas are being overwhelmed with rubbish. Even if you can't visit the beach, YOU can help.

  • Make a donation - please help us continue the fight against marine litter

  • Tell a friend and spread the word about MCS and our beach surveys.

  • Reduce, re-use and recycle your rubbish!

 This report is our annual summary of all the litter data recorded during beach cleans that took place on the third weekend of September 2014. Every year we analyse this data to look at long term litter trends and release the results the following spring

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