The MCS says that data gathered over 25 years of Great British Beach Cleans has been instrumental in the introduction of the 5p single-use carrier-bag charge, the ban on microbeads in personal cleaning products, commitment to a Deposit Return Scheme in Scotland and consultation on one in England and Wales, and the ban on plastic straws, stirrers and cotton buds in England from next year.
“This year we’re appealing for more people to adopt a beach and become one of our army of beach-clean organisers,” says Prior. “It’s an absolutely vital role because the more beaches we have litter data for, the clearer the picture we will have of where it all comes from and what needs to be targeted next.”
Sponsoring the event for the first time is the Ocado Foundation, which is donating £300,000. Register to take part here.
* MEANWHILE an underwater clean-up in Florida on Saturday (15 June) flagged on Divernet earlier this month has resulted in a new Guinness World Record for number of scuba divers taking part in such an event.
A team of 633 divers broke the previous four-year-old record of 615, as part of an event hosted by dive-centre Dixie Divers around a fishing-pier in Deerfield Beach.
Although the record is titled Most Participants in an Underwater Clean-up in 24 Hours (Single Venue), the team took only two hours to achieve their goal. A GWR adjudicator was on the spot to verify the record.