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Great British Beach Clean 2019 results

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Thanks to you, almost 11 tonnes of litter was cleared from the UK’s coastline in just one weekend.

Over 10,000 volunteers joined us over the weekend to clean and survey 437 beaches from Scotland’s Shetland Islands all the way to the Channel Islands and across the Irish Sea to Northern Ireland, removing 10,833kg of litter in one weekend alone.

There were, on average, 558 items of litter on every 100m of beach that were cleaned and surveyed in the UK, with plastic and polystyrene pieces the most common litter items found, cigarette stubs following in second place and glass pieces coming in third.

MCS’ citizen scientists recorded a staggering 16,000 drinks containers of varying forms across Great British Beach Clean weekend, showing why there’s an urgent need for England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland to implement all-inclusive Deposit Return Schemes (DRS) as soon as possible.

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