Great British Beach Clean 2018
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Great British Beach Clean 2018 results

Thanks to you, the Great British Beach Clean has doubled in size!

Great British Beach Clean 2018

Almost 15,000 volunteers, 494 beaches, 8,550 kgs of litter collected

Great British Beach Clean 2018
© jack Donovan

Between the 14th and 17th of September 2018, thousands and thousands of people headed to hundreds of UK beaches with one thing in mind – to make a dent in the amount of litter covering our coastline.

Just short of 15,000 volunteers - double the number in 2017 – cleaned up and surveyed 494 beaches around the UK coast (155 more than in 2017), making the 2018 Great British Beach Clean the biggest ever. Finally, beach cleaning is cool and mainstream - and we’re delighted - we’ve waited 25 years for this moment!

Our volunteers picked up 8,550 kgs of litter across the whole of the UK – that’s about three times as heavy as the tongue of a blue whale – the largest animal ever known to have lived on earth!

There were, on average, a staggering 600 items of litter on every 100 metres of beach that were cleaned and surveyed.

So what’s next? The public know how important pollution-free beaches and seas are, now we must ride on this momentum and ensure governments make the right decisions when it comes to stemming the single-use plastic tide.

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Download the full PDF report

Download the full Great British Beach Clean 2018 Report here and see what you can do to keep up the pressure so finding ‘nothing’ on our beaches becomes a reality.


We need your support. Make a donation to our ‘stop the plastic tide’ appeal


In partnership with Waitrose
In partnershop with Waitrose

Actions you can take

  1. Help us stop the plastic tide
  2. Download the Great British Beach Clean Report 2018
  3. Visit the beachwatch website
  4. Join a beach clean
  5. Organise a beach clean
  6. Join MCS for as little as £3.50 per month

Did you know?…

Over time, one plastic bottle bobbing along in the ocean can break down in to hundreds of tiny plastic pieces

Around 40% of UK beach litter can be directly sourced to the public

To date, our beach cleans have removed 6 million pieces of litter

Why not join a beach clean ... or organise one?

To date, our beach clean volunteers have removed 6 million pieces of litter from our beaches and collected marine litter data to support our campaigns for cleaner seas and beaches.

Learn more and join a beach clean