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Can’t make it to a Beach Clean this year? Embark on our Source to Sea Litter Quest instead!

Date posted: 2 September 2020

For those of us who don’t live close to the sea, or who find it difficult to travel to the beach, it can be difficult to get involved in our annual Great British Beach Clean. If you find yourself in this position but still want to help, then our Source to Litter Quest is for you!

Source to Sea

We’re inviting volunteers from all over the country to help us locate, pick up, and record items of litter inland which often make their way to the coast, harming our marine environment.

The Source to Sea Litter Quest is designed to help us identify what litter is polluting local areas away from the coast, many of which often make their way to the coast. In fact, a staggering 80% of beach litter originates from our towns, rivers and parks.

Keeping a record of the items you collect on this Litter Quest is crucial for helping us to campaign for important policy changes. In the past, data collected by our volunteers has been key in the implementation of the 5p single-use carrier bag charge (which will soon rise to a 10p charge) and the ban on plastic coffee stirrers and straws.

This year, as a result of Coronavirus guidelines and restrictions, there has been an increased use of single-use plastics like coffee cups and disposable cutlery, and Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) like face masks and gloves. It’s more important than ever to build a snapshot of the litter that is harming our environment, both inland and coastal, as we need to document the impact that recent changes have had on our single-use plastic consumption.

Taking part in the Litter Quest not only helps to keep your local areas clean but also protects our coastal areas and oceans by removing potential threats to marine life at source.

It couldn’t be easier to get involved in the Source to Sea Litter Quest. Simply download our easy-to-use Litter Quest form, fill it out whilst out on your Quest, and send it back to us either through this link, or by tagging us on social media using #LitterQuest. The Litter Quest form highlights the most common beach litter items that are found on our beach cleans year round, helping you to identify the most important items to pick up and record.

The form is available to download here, where you will also find more detailed steps about how to do the Quest, as well as briefing and risk assessment information.

If you can’t get to a printer, you can fill out the Quest form online here

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