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News 12 tips for a plastic-free Christmas

8 Dec 2017

Start your New Year’s Resolutions this side of the festive season and follow these 12 tips for a plastic-free Christmas!

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News 12 tips for a plastic-free Christmas

8 Dec 2017

Start your New Year’s Resolutions this side of the festive season and follow these 12 tips for a plastic-free Christmas!

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News Make it the final straw and stop sucking today

4 Dec 2017

If you’re trying to reduce your single-use plastic habit - straws are a great place to start. Millions are handed out in the UK daily, but do we really need them? Start your plastic crusade and #stopsucking today!

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News Make it the final straw and stop sucking today

4 Dec 2017

If you’re trying to reduce your single-use plastic habit - straws are a great place to start. Millions are handed out in the UK daily, but do we really need them? Start your plastic crusade and #stopsucking today!

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News Chancellor to investigate how tax and charging on single-use plastic items can give our planet a future

22 Nov 2017

The Chancellor says the move is to help prevent pollution in the world’s oceans and to protect the environment. Every year 20% of the litter we record on UK beaches is made up of single-use plastics and, despite years of anti-litter campaigns, litter levels aren’t falling and recycling levels are stagnating. We can’t hang around when it comes to making changes – the evidence is already clear and action has to be taken now.

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News Chancellor to investigate how tax and charging on single-use plastic items can give our planet a future

22 Nov 2017

The Chancellor says the move is to help prevent pollution in the world’s oceans and to protect the environment. Every year 20% of the litter we record on UK beaches is made up of single-use plastics and, despite years of anti-litter campaigns, litter levels aren’t falling and recycling levels are stagnating. We can’t hang around when it comes to making changes – the evidence is already clear and action has to be taken now.

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News UK Government to investigate charges on single use plastic

22 Nov 2017

The Chancellor says the move is to help prevent pollution in the world’s oceans and to protect the environment. Every year 20% of the litter we record on UK beaches is made up of single-use plastics and, despite years of anti-litter campaigns, litter levels aren’t falling and recycling levels are stagnating. We can’t hang around when it comes to making changes – the evidence is already clear and action has to be taken now.

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News UK government to investigate single-use plastic tax

22 Nov 2017

The Chancellor says the move is to help prevent pollution in the world’s oceans and to protect the environment. Every year 20% of the litter we record on UK beaches is made up of single-use plastics and, despite years of anti-litter campaigns, litter levels aren’t falling and recycling levels are stagnating. We can’t hang around when it comes to making changes – the evidence is already clear and action has to be taken now.

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News Seahorse clutches at a cotton bud

20 Nov 2017

Wildlife photographer Justin Hofman’s photograph tells a sickening story in just one glance.

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News Nursery glitter ban praised as 'proactive approach' by MCS pollution expert

17 Nov 2017

MCS says a glitter ban at a group of children’s nurseries across the south of England due to concerns about the damage it does to the environment, is a small step that could lead to greater and has praised the proactive approach.

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News Why are some nurseries banning glitter?

17 Nov 2017

MCS says a glitter ban at a group of children’s nurseries across the south of England due to concerns about the damage it does to the environment, is a small step that could lead to greater and has praised the proactive approach.

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News Nurseries ban glitter to protect the environment

17 Nov 2017

MCS says a glitter ban at a group of children’s nurseries across the south of England due to concerns about the damage it does to the environment, is a small step that could lead to greater and has praised the proactive approach.

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News Bathing water results for England announced

14 Nov 2017

England’s beaches keep a consistently good level of water quality, according to results of this season’s testing announced today

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Press Release Fife marine conservation volunteer on a mission to stop people putting the wrong stuff down the loo

13 Nov 2017

Take the 3P Pledge and put only pee, poo and paper down the pan, says Jo!

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News MCS joins ​150​ ​organisations​ ​backing ​call​ ​to​ ​ban​ ​oxo-degradable​ ​plastic​ ​packaging

6 Nov 2017

Oxo-degradable​ ​plastic​ ​packaging is often marketed as a solution to plastic pollution because it degrades into harmless residues. But new research reveals significant evidence that it actually fragments into tiny plastic pieces, contributing to microplastic pollution.

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Press Release Marine Conservation Society launches colourful cartoons to highlight coastal poo-llution issues

2 Nov 2017

The UK’s leading marine conservation charity has launched a campaign to highlight how little things we do in our daily lives – often miles away from the coast – can have a massive effect on the quality of our coastal waters.

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News Get to know your 'Poos and Don'ts with our new campaign

2 Nov 2017

We’ve launched our ‘Poos and Don’ts’ campaign today! It’s all about highlighting how little things we do in our daily lives - often miles from the coast - can have a massive effect on the quality of our coastal waters.

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News Cutting ocean plastic pollution can start at home – all our homes – says new report

26 Oct 2017

New figures released today shine a light on the massive scale of the single use plastic problem in Europe, a problem that is contributing significantly to the global ocean plastic pollution crisis.

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News Cutting ocean plastic pollution can start at home – all our homes – says new report

26 Oct 2017

New figures released today shine a light on the massive scale of the single use plastic problem in Europe, a problem that is contributing significantly to the global ocean plastic pollution crisis.

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News Washing-up liquid bottle made from 50% ocean plastic goes on sale

25 Oct 2017

A detergent bottle made of 50% plastic collected from the ocean has gone on sale in the UK. It’s a limited edition – shame the plastic in the ocean isn’t limited too.

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News Straws

2 Aug 2017

Our campaign targets the huge consumption of single use straws in the UK. MCS is the lead partner in the UK of the Lonely Whale foundation’s international campaign to stop unnecessary use of plastic straws. Our 2016 Great British Beach Clean showed that plastic makes up around 70% of the beach litter with cutlery, trays and straws making up 8% of on the go litter…

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News Straws

2 Aug 2017

All it takes is small changes in our everyday lives to help reduce the UK’s plastic footprint and the amount of plastic on our beaches. We want to see a reduction in single use plastic. So we are challenging YOU to refuse the straw! Our campaign targets the huge use of single use straws in the UK. MCS is the lead partner in the UK of the Lonely Whale foundation’s international campaign to stop unnecessary use of plastic straws. Our 2016 Great British Beach Clean showed that plastic makes up around 70% of the beach litter with cutlery, trays and straws making up 8% of on the go litter..

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News Straws

2 Aug 2017

All it takes are small changes in our everyday lives to help reduce the UK’s plastic footprint and the amount of plastic on our beaches. We want to see a reduction in single use plastic. So we are challenging YOU to refuse the straw! Our campaign targets the huge use of single use straws in the UK. MCS is the lead partner in the UK of the Lonely Whale foundation’s international campaign to stop unnecessary use of plastic straws. Our 2017 Great British Beach Clean showed that plastic makes up around 70% of the beach litter with cutlery, trays and straws making up 11% of on the go litter.

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News Mr Gove confirms plans for microbead ban

21 Jul 2017

Microbead ban confirmed for cosmetic products

The government confirmed today that it will be banning microbeads form use in “rinse-off” products, following a recent consultation on its proposals.

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News Announcing the Waitrose Beach and River Clean-up

16 Jul 2017

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News Deposit returns a step closer for Scotland

30 Jun 2017

The Cabinet Secretary for the Environment, Climate Change and Land Reform, Roseanna Cunningham, announced today that the Scottish Government has commissioned detailed work on how a potential é’deposit return scheme’ might operate in Scotland.

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News Beluga II sailing tour comes to an end

27 Jun 2017

Greenpeace crew finds plastic pollution blights shores and harms wildlife around Scotland A scientific voyage by Greenpeace crew has been researching ocean plastic around Scottish coastlines over the last two months with the support of staff and volunteers from the Marine Conservation Society at key points in the journey.

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News Brexit and our seas June 2017

8 Jun 2017

Brexit as a whole will be enormously complicated. Laws and measures related to fisheries and environment are complex areas in themselves.

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News Cleaning up Mull's beaches

23 May 2017

On Monday 22nd May, we teamed up with the crew of the Greenpeace boat “Beluga II” together with three primary schools - Ulva, Lochdonhead and Dervaig - to clean up Kilninian beach, a beauty spot on the North West coast of Mull.

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News Huge volume of debris discovered on remote Pacific Island

16 May 2017

Henderson Island, part of the UK’s overseas territory in the South Pacific, has been found to be littered with an estimated 37.

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News Misleading wet wipes labelling

19 Sep 2016

Complaint lodged with the Advertising Standards Agency MCS has joined forces with Wessex Water and other partners to highlight the issue of wet wipe labelling to the Advertising Standards Agency (ASA).

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News Government announces ban on microbeads - Joint NGO response

3 Sep 2016

A coalition of environmental groups has welcomed a government announcement that it intends to ban microbeads from personal care products but pointed out that the current proposals don’t go far enough.

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News MPs recommend microbead ban

24 Aug 2016

Responding to the Environmental Audit Committee’s report on microplastics today, a joint statement by the Marine Conservation Society, Environmental Investigation Agency, Fauna & Flora International, and Greenpeace UK, said: An estimated eight million tonnes of plastic goes into our seas every year - and microbeads in household products including face scrubs, toothpastes and detergents are a part of this problem.

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News Referendum response

24 Jun 2016

The Marine Conservation Society is hugely disappointed that the UK will be leaving the European Union, as the results of the referendum confirm today (24th June 2016).

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News Microbeads to be scrubbed out at last?

6 May 2016

Microbeads to be scrubbed out at last? MCS is delighted to hear that the UK Government is considering a ban on the use of microbeads in cosmetics and other products following many years of campaigning by MCS, our partners and supporters.

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News Funds available to clean up beaches affected by printer cartridges

27 Jan 2016

Funds available to clean up beaches affected by printer cartridges A storm at sea in 2014 resulted in the loss of HP printer cartridges which are being found washed up on UK and European coastlines.

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News Industry body recommends European companies drop use of microplastics

29 Oct 2015

We are pleased to report that a major industry association, “Cosmetics Europe” is now recommending that its 4,000 members phase out the use of microplastics in wash-off cosmetic and personal care products.

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News Date for England's plastic bag charge

18 Aug 2015

Date for England’s plastic bag charge A new law which requires large shops in England to charge 5p for all single-use plastic carrier bags comes into force from Monday 5 October 2015.

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News Ocean Plastics Awareness Day: Royal Couple To Support Solutions To Protect Beautiful Beaches in Cornwall From Marine Litter

20 Jul 2015

Ocean Plastics Awareness Day: Royal Couple To Support Solutions To Protect Cornwall’s Beautiful Beaches From Marine Litter MCS received a visit from Their Royal Highnesses the Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall today, when the royal couple visited Fistral beach as part of their summer visit to Cornwall.

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News New report describes European seas as "not healthy or clean"

24 Jun 2015

New report describes European seas as “not healthy or clean Ø A report published by the European Environment Agency today shows that human activities and climate change are putting increasing pressure on European seas.

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News MCS joins forces with Woodland Trust over carrier bag charge

18 Nov 2014

MCS joins forces with Woodland Trust over carrier bag charge MCS and the Woodland Trust say cash from the carrier bag charge revenue from retailers must benefit the environment.

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News Scottish Marine Litter Strategy launched

19 Aug 2014

Scottish Marine Litter Strategy launched Environment Secretary goes down on the beach to reveal plans on tackling marine litter MCS Scotland Programme Manager, Calum Duncan, joined Environment Secretary Richard Lochhead at Portobello West Beach, Edinburgh today (19th August 2014) for the launch of the first ever strategy setting out how to tackle the problem of marine litter around the country’s coasts and waters.

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News Killer Bags Still Threaten the Environment.

9 Apr 2014

Killer Bags Still Threaten the Environment.

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News British beaches are the final resting places for mountains of litter with more arriving on every wave and gust of wind

25 Mar 2014

British beaches are the final resting places for mountains of litter with more arriving on every wave and gust of wind Beach litter is increasing and behaviour needs to change.

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News Government must listen to inquiry findings if bag charges in England to work

5 Feb 2014

Government must listen to inquiry findings if bag charges in England to work MCS backs recommendations to make scheme as simple as possible MCS says it is delighted at the conclusions of the Environmental Audit Committee’s (EAC) inquiry into the plastic bag charge in England.

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News When it is safe to go back on the beach - why not treat your favourite bit of coastline to a winter clean-up?

27 Jan 2014

When it’s safe to go back on the beach - why not treat your favourite bit of coastline to a winter clean-up? After a Christmas and New Year period that saw Britain battered by high winds, lashing rain and storm waves believed to be amongst the most extreme in living memory, many of the UK’s beaches have been left strewn with huge amounts of litter.

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News A Christmas facial - a treat for your skin but a disaster for our seas

18 Dec 2013

A Christmas facial - a treat for your skin but a disaster for our seas Exfoliating particles flushed down the sink are adding to the seas’ é’plastic soup’ Lots of people will treat themselves to some extra beauty therapies over the festive period, or give facial products as a pampering gift - but although these items may make our skin look and feel good, they’re giving our seas anything but a make-over.

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News Plans for a plastic bag charge for England announced

14 Sep 2013

Plans for a plastic bag charge for England announced MCS is pleased to announce some excellent news.

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News Join us in making Scotland seas litter free!

30 Aug 2013

Join us in making Scotland’s seas litter free! MCS has been working hard over the past four years to make sure the Scottish Government follows up on its commitment to implement a marine litter strategy.

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News "Monitoring" - the Government's new word for inaction on carrier bag charge

18 Jul 2013

Monitoring’ - the Government’s new word for inaction on carrier bag charge The Break the Bag Habit campaign group says there are no credible reasons left for the Government not to introduce a charge on all carrier bags in England.

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News Cleaning your favourite beach will make you part of a global marine litter movement

16 Jul 2013

Cleaning your favourite beach will make you part of a global marine litter movement International coastal clean-up could take place on your doorstep - are you ready to take it on? The UK’s leading marine charity is urging people who love the coast and enjoy nothing better than a barefoot stroll along the beach to do their bit in the worldwide fight against marine litter.

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News Have your say on draft Marine Litter Strategy for Scotland

11 Jul 2013

Have your say on draft Marine Litter Strategy for Scotland Posted: 11th July 2013 The Scottish Government has announced a draft Marine Litter Strategy which is now open to public comment.

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News Draft strategy to tackle litter blight on Scotland's seas announced

4 Jul 2013

Draft strategy to tackle litter blight on Scotland’s seas announced posted: 4th July 2013 MCS today welcomes a new approach to tackling litter in Scotland’s marine environment.

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News MCS Chief Executive becomes first British woman to receive international environmental award for her "outstanding" leadership of UK sea charity

31 May 2013

MCS Chief Executive becomes first British woman to receive international environmental women’s award for her ‘outstanding’ leadership of UK sea charity MCS boss is the eleventh recipient of the Rachel Carson Prize Samantha Fanshawe has become the first British woman to receive the Rachel Carson Prize, an environmental award in memory of the American marine biologist and author, often called the mother of the modern environmental movement.

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News Passion for plastic is leaving a legacy of litter on Britain's beaches

14 May 2013

Passion for plastic is leaving a legacy of litter on Britain’s beaches Plastic vies for space in the sand alongside sweet wrappers, cigarette stubs and drinks bottles as our beaches reveal anti-litter campaigns are now falling on deaf ears.

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News Beachwatch Big Weekend 2012

13 May 2013

Beachwatch Big Weekend 2012 Results of the UK’s biggest beach clean and survey MCS Beachwatch Big Weekend is the only national volunteer beach clean-up and survey in the UK.

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News 5p charge in Northern Ireland leaves England as only home nation not taking action on carrier bags

8 Apr 2013

5p charge in Northern Ireland leaves England as only home nation not taking action on carrier bags Six billion bags and rising - but still no action in England says Break the Bag Habit coalition The Break the Bag Habit (BTBH) Coalition, of which MCS is a member, says it welcomes the news that from today (Monday 8th April) Northern Ireland is taking action to prevent bag litter by bringing in a tax of 5p for single use carrier bags.

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News Marine charity urges communities to help stop damaging balloon and lantern releases

13 Mar 2013

Marine charity urges communities to help stop damaging balloon and lantern releases Choking sea creatures and tangled up marine wildlife are the results of ‘letting go’ MCS is hoping to encourage communities to think again before organising balloon and sky lantern releases.

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News CONSERVATIVE PARTY CONFERENCE COMES UNDER BAG MONSTER ATTACK

9 Oct 2012

CONSERVATIVE PARTY CONFERENCE COMES UNDER BAG MONSTER ATTACK Zac Goldsmith MP shows support for protest against single use carrier bags Over 20 Bag Monsters - created from over 10,000 single-use plastic bags - ran riot outside the Conservative Party Conference today (Tuesday 9th October).

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News Campaign for a single-use carrier bag levy for Scotland!

6 Aug 2012

Campaign for a single-use carrier bag levy for Scotland! Eight years after MCS first supported the Environment Levy Bill proposed by Mike Pringle MSP, and six years after joining forces with WWF Scotland, RSPB Scotland and Friends of the Earth Scotland to support this Bill for a plastic bag levy, we are delighted that this issue is now within a package of measures being considered as part of the ‘Safeguarding Scotland’s Resources’ consultation.

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News Supermarket trolleys, Russian toothpaste, and an old shop till - just a few of the weird items that have washed up on British beaches.

26 Jul 2012

Supermarket trolleys, Russian toothpaste, and an old shop till - just a few of the weird items that have washed up on British beaches.

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News Rio+20 must make a measureable commitment to save our seas and oceans

21 Jun 2012

Rio+20 must make a measureable commitment to save our seas and oceans Stop floundering and show us your jaws, Marine Conservation Society tells Rio + 20 Ministers As Ministers from around the world congregate in Rio de Janeiro to make global commitments at the United Nations Conferences on Environment and Development, the Marine Conservation Society (MCS) is urging them to amend their draft text to make three key measureable commitments rather than the present empty promises.

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News Plastic debris on the increase in North Pacific

9 May 2012

Recent research from the Scripps Institution of Oceanography (published in the journal, Biology Letters) has shown a big rise in the amount of plastic litter floating in Pacific waters - a 100 fold increase over the past 40 years.

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News Anglers called on to clean up our coastline

13 Apr 2012

Anglers called on to clean up our coastline MCS welcomes a new initiative from the Angling Trust called the ‘Just Take 5’ campaign.

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News Sign up to stop outdoor balloon and sky lantern releases in Wales

6 Mar 2012

Sign up to stop outdoor balloon and sky lantern releases in Wales Council and Leading environmental charities join forces in urging Government to adopt a ‘don’t let go’ policy MCS, Keep Wales Tidy (KWT) and Cardiff Council are supporting pupils from Eco-Schools who are calling on the National Assembly for Wales to ban balloon and sky lantern releases across Wales and eradicate the threat of choking and entanglement among marine wildlife and farm animals.

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News Plastic bag levy in Northern Ireland will rise to 10p in 2014

31 Jan 2012

Plastic bag levy in Northern Ireland will rise to 10p in 2014 5p levy set for introduction in April 2013 Northern Irish Environment Minister, Alex Attwood, has announced the introduction of a plastic bag levy in 2013.

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News MCS backs Spanish ban on Chinese lantern sales

23 Jan 2012

MCS backs Spanish ban on Chinese lantern sales We’re calling on UK authorities to take similar action to stop damage to environment and harm to wildlife MCS says it’s delighted that Spain has become the latest in a number of countries banning the sale and use of Chinese (sky) lanterns, and wants to see a ban on the manufacture, sale and release of the lanterns in the UK.

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News Marine litter on the Rio agenda

4 Nov 2011

Marine litter on the Rio agenda MCS says it’s delighted that the development of a global action plan to combat marine litter and pollution is on the agenda at next years United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development in Brazil.

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News Untangling Grassholm's gannets

19 Oct 2011

Untangling Grassholm’s gannets The landscape at Grassholm, with colourful debris and affected gannets visible in foreground (above).

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News Historic Summit Promises a Cleaner Safer Future for Northern Ireland Beaches

4 Jul 2011

Historic Summit Promises a Cleaner Safer Future for Northern Ireland Beaches MCS says positive meeting could result in monumental agreements cleaning up the Province’s coastline As a direct result of the Marine Conservation Society’s (MCS) Good Beach Guide published in May, Northern Ireland’s Environment Minister, Alex Attwood, hosted the first ever ‘Good Beach Summit’ in the Province.

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News Waste Review - a wasted opportunity

27 Jun 2011

The Government published its review of waste policy for England in June 2011.

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News Don't get the Royal Wedding blues, or reds or yellows - try some balloon alternatives

14 Apr 2011

Don’t get the Royal Wedding blues, or reds or yellows - try some balloon alternatives Marine Conservation Society says protect marine wildlife and ‘Don’t Let Go’ on April 29th With street parties planned to celebrate the nuptials of HRH Prince William and Kate Middleton, the Marine Conservation Society (MCS) is urging revellers not to release balloons as part of the fun because of the dangers they pose to marine wildlife.

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News Sign up now and join thousands of volunteers helping to turn the tide on UK beach litter

19 Jul 2010

Sign up now and join thousands of volunteers helping to turn the tide on UK beach litter The Marine Conservation Society (MCS) urgently needs volunteers to take part in the UK’s biggest beach clean and litter survey which takes place in September.

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News Swift action shows that balloon 'Don't Let Go' campaign is vital

15 Jul 2010

Swift action shows that balloon ‘Don’t Let Go’ campaign is vital The Marine Conservation Society (MCS) says a swift that fell to earth entangled in a spent balloon and its string, clearly shows the dangers of mass releases seen at many outdoor events during the summer.

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News Radio 1 beach clean volunteers love the litter

21 May 2010

Radio 1 beach clean volunteers love the litter MCS says it was delighted with the response from students in North Wales who collected 79 bags of rubbish off a beach near Abersoch as part of a innovative volunteering project with BBC Radio 1.

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News MCS in new Radio 1 initiative to highlight marine litter issues to students

13 May 2010

MCS in new Radio 1 initiative to highlight marine litter issues to students The Marine Conservation Society has been invited by the BBC to be part of a brand new initiative as part of the 10th BBC Radio 1 Big Weekend.

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News CHOKING HAZARD - BUT GULLS CAN'T READ

29 Apr 2010

CHOKING HAZARD - BUT GULLS CAN’T READ Our beaches are being overwhelmed with plastic litter.

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News Emma set to share her ideas on global beach cleaning

26 Apr 2010

Emma set to share her ideas on global beach cleaning Emma Snowden, from the MCS litter team, is currently in Mexico at the International Coastal Cleanup conference organised by Ocean Conservancy.

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News Marine Matters for UK Government

20 Apr 2010

Marine Matters for UK Government The next few years will be critical for the protection of our seas.

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News Throw away culture makes sea of plastic

26 Feb 2010

A mid ocean floating plastic dump, that’s just been discovered in the Atlantic, has been labelled a sad indictment of our throw away culture and a potential menace to marine wildlife and humans, by MCS.

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