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Coffee Cup

News Experts back 'latte levy' in Scotland

Clare Fischer 18 Jul 2019

A panel of environmental experts in Scotland has recommended putting a charge on each disposable coffee cup - a ‘latte levy’ - to help cut down on waste. The panel advised introducing a national, mandatory requirement to sell drinks and disposable cups separately to include an initial minimum price of between 20-25p per cup.

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Bottles recycled

News Environment Secretary says he supports fully inclusive Deposit Return Scheme.

Clare Fischer 17 Jul 2019

MCS has welcomed a public show of support from the Environment Secretary, Michael Gove, for a fully inclusive Deposit Return Scheme. He said he personally backed a scheme which which included plastic, glass, cans and cartons of all sizes. But although warm words are encouraging, what’s needed is urgent government action says MCS Director of Programmes.

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News No butts when it comes to filters say MCS and ASH Scotland

Clare Fischer 11 Jul 2019

MCS and ASH Scotland have written to the Cabinet Secretary for Environment, Climate Change and Land Reform, Roseanna Cunningham MSP, telling her that cigarette filters must not be left out of Scotland’s plastics debate any longer.

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Mint velvet earrings

News MCS and clothing brand, Mint Velvet, join forces in ocean partnership

4 Jul 2019

British womenswear retailer, Mint Velvet, has chosen MCS as one of its charities to support. The collaboration will focus on reducing single-use plastic in the retailers online supply chain. Mint Velvet have launched an exclusive jewellery piece to mark the partnership with 100% of the profits from the sale being donated to the charity.

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Juvenile cod

News Cod crisis – North Sea cod numbers fall to critically low levels

Clare Fischer 28 Jun 2019

MCS has joined ClientEarth and WWF in calling on UK governments to introduce emergency measures to secure the future of North Sea cod. The call comes after marine scientists say species numbers are at dangerously low levels, putting the future of the fishery in doubt.

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Quahogs

News MCS backs challenge to illegal management of Dogger Bank

Clare Fischer 24 Jun 2019

MCS is one of a number of NGO’s calling on the European Commission to challenge the Netherlands, the UK and Germany over a proposed management plan for the Dogger Bank. The NGOs are challenging the “incomprehensible” proposal to allow illegal fishing activities in the North Sea nature reserve.

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Bag of Ethics Plastic Challenge

Blog Plastic Free July at Bags of Ethics

23 Jul 2019

Bags of Ethics take on our Plastic Challenge this July, making a real difference in their offices in London and across the world.

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Letting a property fundraiser

Blog 13 Hours. 3 Peaks. 12 Desk Jockeys. 1 Cause.

Jonathan Daines 23 Jul 2019

Jonathan Daines from Letting a Property, shares his story on how their team scaled three Welsh peaks to raise over £2000 for MCS.

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Ben Garrod

Blog Tackling the first half of the Plastic Challenge

Ben Garrod 15 Jul 2019

As I walk around the endless sterile aisles bathed in that ever so distinctive ‘supermarket lighting’, it really hits me just how pervasive single-use plastic is.

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Coastal Scotland

Blog Mixed report card for Scotland on UN ocean goals

Calum Duncan 1 Jul 2019

Calum Duncan assesses Scotland’s progress towards the UN Sustainable Development Goals for the marine environment.

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Dance for the Sea - Fernando Montano

Blog Performing with Plastic

8 Jun 2019

Royal Ballet dancer Fernando Montaño explains how his passion for the sea has inspired him to raise awareness for plastic pollution, in preparation for an impactful performance on 18th July, at the Royal Academy of Music.

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Beachy Head MCZ

Blog Marine protection must go further

Peter Richardson 5 Jun 2019

Forty-one new Marine Conservation Zones (MCZs) are to be established in seas around the English and Northern Irish coast. Good news for marine wildlife – but more work and political will is needed.

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Coast Mag Beachclean

Press Release Sign up to tackle the UK’s beach litter in the biggest beach clean ever

23 Jul 2019

The UK’s leading marine charity, the Marine Conservation Society (MCS), is looking for thousands of volunteers to clean up the nation’s beaches during this year’s Great British Beach Clean event (20th -23rd September).

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Northcott Beach, Cornwall

Press Release MCS Welcomes Marine Protection Review

10 Jun 2019

MCS welcomes the Environment Secretary’s decision to launch an independent review to consider whether Highly Protected Marine Areas (HPMAs) would add further protections to the seas around England and Northern Ireland.

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Beachy Head MCZ

Press Release 41 New Marine Conservation Zones welcomed by MCS

31 May 2019

The Marine Conservation Society welcomes today’s announcement by the government of the creation of 41 new Marine Conservation Zones (MCZs), but warns that proper investment in their management and monitoring must be made if they are to benefit both people and wildlife.

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Dance for the Sea - Fernando Montano

Press Release Fernando Montano and Friends - Dance for the Sea

30 May 2019

Royal Ballet soloist Fernando Montano is taking a step in a new direction, raising awareness of ocean pollution by staging an event at the Royal Academy of Music in London in July.

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Bottles recycled

Press Release Marine Conservation Society warns Welsh Local Authorities not to fail future generations by resisting Deposit Return Scheme

8 May 2019

The Marine Conservation Society has warned Welsh Local Authorities and elements within government that they will be failing young people if they refuse to back a money-back recycling system which encourages consumers to return their empty glass and plastic bottles and cans.

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DRS

Press Release Michael Gove urged to follow Scotland’s lead for an all-inclusive money back recycling system

8 May 2019

The CEO of the UK’s leading marine conservation charity, the Marine Conservation Society (MCS), has urged Michael Gove to follow the example set by Scotland today in designing an ambitious all-inclusive money-back recycling system for bottles and cans.

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Bag of Ethics Plastic Challenge

Blog Plastic Free July at Bags of Ethics

23 Jul 2019

Bags of Ethics take on our Plastic Challenge this July, making a real difference in their offices in London and across the world.

Read More


Letting a property fundraiser

Blog 13 Hours. 3 Peaks. 12 Desk Jockeys. 1 Cause.

Jonathan Daines 23 Jul 2019

Jonathan Daines from Letting a Property, shares his story on how their team scaled three Welsh peaks to raise over £2000 for MCS.

Read More


Coffee Cup

News Experts back 'latte levy' in Scotland

Clare Fischer 18 Jul 2019

A panel of environmental experts in Scotland has recommended putting a charge on each disposable coffee cup - a ‘latte levy’ - to help cut down on waste. The panel advised introducing a national, mandatory requirement to sell drinks and disposable cups separately to include an initial minimum price of between 20-25p per cup.

Read More


Bottles recycled

News Environment Secretary says he supports fully inclusive Deposit Return Scheme.

Clare Fischer 17 Jul 2019

MCS has welcomed a public show of support from the Environment Secretary, Michael Gove, for a fully inclusive Deposit Return Scheme. He said he personally backed a scheme which which included plastic, glass, cans and cartons of all sizes. But although warm words are encouraging, what’s needed is urgent government action says MCS Director of Programmes.

Read More


Ben Garrod

Blog Tackling the first half of the Plastic Challenge

Ben Garrod 15 Jul 2019

As I walk around the endless sterile aisles bathed in that ever so distinctive ‘supermarket lighting’, it really hits me just how pervasive single-use plastic is.

Read More


 
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