Seas At Risk member, the Marine Conservation Society, is urging coastal lovers to join forces for this year’s September beach clean, as results from last Autumn's clean up shows litter levels are still rising on UK beaches.

Beach litter has almost doubled over the last fifteen years in the United Kingdom, and in 2010 alone, average litter levels across the UK jumped an alarming six percent compared to the year before. The Marine Conservation Society (MCS) wants to break this rising trend, and the charity says they cannot do it without public support.

This year’s MCS Beachwatch Big Weekend takes place on the 17th and 18th of September, and will involve thousands of volunteers taking to the beaches all around the UK coast. They’ll clean up and record the rubbish they find, as part of the International Coastal Cleanup which takes place in 80 countries worldwide. The data collected shapes MCS’s beach litter campaigns and keeps the subject matter firmly on the Government’s agenda.

Some of our best loved marine wildlife is under threat from marine litter. Hundreds of species of marine wildlife accidentally eat, or become entangled in litter items. It’s also hazardous to people and puts huge economic stress on coastal municipalities who clean up beaches through the year.

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