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There's still time to join national beach clean

By Alan Beresford

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THIS year's Great British Beach Clean is set to get under way from this Friday.

Will you join the beach clean effort across the north-east?
Will you join the beach clean effort across the north-east?

Run by the Marine Conservation Society, the UK-wide event will bring together volunteers over a period stretching to September 26.

Volunteers taking part will help the charity to gather data which will contribute to a global database as part of the international coastal cleanup.

Lizzie Prior, Beachwatch Officer at the Marine Conservation Society: “The Great British Beach Clean is a fantastic opportunity to make a real difference.

"Not only do volunteers help keep the UK’s beaches beautiful and litter-free, they collect vital data on what’s polluting our environment. We’ve used data collected in the past to campaign for carrier bag charges and single-use plastic bans, all of which have led to a reduction in litter on our beaches.

"So why not get outside, join us on a beach clean and make a difference?”

Zoe Lyons, Marine Conservation Society Ocean Ambassador, added: “As an ocean-lover, I’m so pleased to be supporting the Marine Conservation Society’s Great British Beach Clean.

"The events offer plenty of opportunity to get involved and do something practical to help the state of our seas. Even if you don’t live near the sea, you can still help by taking part in the charity’s Source to Sea Litter Quest.

"The inland litter picks collect information which will help the Marine Conservation Society understand how much of the litter on our beaches is making its way there from our villages, towns and cities far from the coast.

To sign up for a beach clean, or set up your own, simply visit the Marine Conservation Society’s website https://www.mcsuk.org/what-you-can-do/join-a-beach-clean/great-british-beach-clean-events/

For those not able to get to the coast, there’s still plenty of ways to take part. The Source to Sea Litter Quest is an inland version of the charity’s survey form, highlighting some of the most common litter items found on the coast. To get involved, individuals can use the survey form and see if they can spot the litter items in their local area.

For more information on taking part inland, visit https://www.mcsuk.org/what-you-can-do/join-a-beach-clean/source-to-sea-litter-quest/

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