24 Sep 2018
There is still time to take part in the 'All Wales Beach Clean' - 14-30 September
2018 is a special year in Wales, as it has been officially
chosen as the Year of the Sea. Working with partners across Wales,
MCS is attempting to make 2018 the biggest year yet for beach
cleans, by being part of an 'All
Wales Beach Clean' super-event.
It is hoped that every beach in Wales can be cleaned between
Some of our best-loved marine wildlife is under threat
from the waste and litter in our seas, with hundreds of
species accidently eating or becoming entangled in litter. It is
also dangerous and unsightly for people and damaging to our tourism
and fishing industries.
In 2017, surveys were undertaken on 25 Welsh beaches by
555 dedicated volunteers. Results showed that the average
number of litter items collected increased by 11% since 2016,
equating to an average of 677 items per 100m stretch. Notably, the
amount of 'on the go' items found, such as bottles, coffee cups,
lids, straws and takeaway containers, also increased by 13%.
Plastic and polystyrene pieces continue to rank highest in
litter types surveyed (avg. 255 pieces per 100m in the
UK), with food packaging, and plastic caps and lids, also ranking
in the top 5 items littered. Cigarette butts, wet wipes and the
remains of cotton buds, are also within the top 10 UK litter
This year, MCS has taken further action in Wales to reduce
litter at source. MCS is currently campaigning for the
Welsh Government to introduce a levy on 'single use' plastic items,
and is also calling for the introduction of a Deposit Return System
for drinks containers.
There is still time to take part in the 'All Wales Beach
Clean', details of which can be found here.
You can also find out about all year round surveys by going to the