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Great British Beachclean 2016 results

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The September 2016 Great British Beach Clean saw just short of 6,000 volunteers clean 364 beaches around the UK, recording the litter they found. The results have revealed a mixed picture.

We picked up a huge amount of rubbish - 268,384 individual pieces, although this is a little lower than last year.

The number of plastic bags found have almost halved in a year. We think that’s down to the charge at the checkout, which is now in place across the whole UK.

But there was an astonishing rise in the amount of balloon related litter, up over 50% on 2015. There were more drinks containers, bottle caps and lids, too – up more than 4% on the previous year.

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UK summary What we found where did it come from?

If you're a regular organiser or beach clean volunteer you'll know that you've generally had to wait until the following year to read the full details. But, thanks to improved systems, we can now bring you all the results just two months after the event itself! See the full results here (PDF).

Thanks to everyone who took part - your support is unbelievable! It's because of you that we can create campaigns that really make a difference - #wetwipesturnnasty, Don't Let Go, Hang on to your Tackle - to name but a few!

Lauren Eyles Beachwatch Manager

Peoples postcode lottery animal trust supports BeachwatchThe Marine Conservation Society's beach litter work is supported by players of People's Postcode Lottery.

Keen to get back beach cleaning?

You don't have to wait until next September - there are events throughout the year. You can find out about clean-ups close to where you live via the events tab at

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