The Marine Conservation Society volunteers combat beach litter across the UK.
Thousands of volunteers annually join the Beachwatch Big Weekend in the fight against marine litter both at home and abroad.
Lauren Eyles, MCS Beachwater officer, said: “Beach litter has steadily risen over the two decades we’ve been recording it on UK beaches."
Beachwatch is the most respected and long standing beach litter survey in the UK, but we need more people to join us as volunteer beach cleaners to help make this 20th anniversary event the most comprehensive collection of data yet.”
The High Sheriff of Kent, Mike Bax, is calling for a clean-up of litter in Kent ahead of the county being used as one of the gateways to the Olympics. He has published the following letter:
The litter on Kent’s rural roads is becoming a negative and noticeably regular topic of conversation around the County. From June onwards, Kent will be one of the gateways to the Olympics and the County owes it to itself to make a serious effort to clean up its act. Natural England has recently reissued the Countryside Code under the slogan Respect – Protect – Enjoy and I think we all need to take the time to remember this.
– Michael Bax, High Sherriff, Kent
The Olympic period will be a wonderful opportunity to practice these principles and one key contributor to the protection of the natural environment is to take our litter home. Not only will picking up litter keep Kent looking beautiful but it will also help remove a dangerous hazard to Kent’s farm animals and wildlife. As High Sherriff of Kent, can I please ask the county to practice these basic principles at every level in the community, both young and old. Kent is a wonderful County – let’s reverse the bad habits of the minority and show our County off to the world.
MPs, councils, and local people say that lorry drivers - especially foreign truckers - are littering south east road verges. The drivers say that high charges are driving them from official lorry parks.