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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.
News Announcing the Waitrose Beach and River Clean-up
16 Jul 2017
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
News Killer Bags Still Threaten the Environment.
9 Apr 2014
Killer Bags Still Threaten the Environment.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
News Waste Review - a wasted opportunity
27 Jun 2011
The Government published its review of waste policy for England in June 2011.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.