Beachwatch Big Weekend 2012

Richard Harrington By: Richard Harrington
Date posted: 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.

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. Over the weekend of the 14th and 17th of September 2012, almost 240 beaches were cleaned and over 3,500 people went to their local beach to make a big difference. What sort of rubbish is on our beaches? For a second year in a row a plastic plague on our shores has been revealed. And, despite 2012 being the wettest summer on record, plenty of people still managed to drop crisps and sweet wrappers on their trip to the beach. One continuing piece of good news is that since we asked people to stop using their loos as bins and putting cotton buds, condoms and panty liners down the pan, this so-called sewage related debris has dropped out of the top 10! What can YOU do about all this litter? Our beaches and seas are being overwhelmed with rubbish and YOU can help. Register for an MCS beach clean. Tell a friend and spread the word about MCS and our beach surveys. Reduce, re-use, recycle. Read other reports and downloads.

Actions you can take

  1. Organise a beach clean
  2. Join a beach clean
  3. Visit the beachwatch website
  4. Download the Great British Beach Clean Report 2017

Did you know?…

It’s estimated that one rubbish truck load of plastic litter enters the ocean every minute

Litter has increased by 135% since 1994, with plastics increasing by a staggering 180%

On UK beaches levels of litter have doubled in the past 20 years

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