The Great British Beach Clean

Beach clean up event | Infographic

The Great British Beach Clean is the biggest beach and river cleaning event in the UK.

This annual event is run by founding charity, the Marine Conservation Society.

The Marine Conservation Society are a charity that was foundered in 1977, and specialise in the protection of all shores, seas and wildlife. Every year more than 10,000 volunteers get involved in this event and help to clean up our beaches. The charity hopes that it will help to preserve our oceans, and protect our marine life.

The event is often held during mid-September and sees over 100 events all over the U.K. which you can join in order to help keep our beaches clean.

How bad is marine litter?

The full extent of how much litter that there is in our oceans is not known.

Scientists state that there are at least 8 million metric tonnes of plastic alone in our oceans!

This amount of plastic is causing serious damage to marine life. Plastic can take up to 1000 years to fully decompose. This means that in the year 3000 their will still be plastic present on the earth which you may have used. This though is even to scary to comprehend.

Plastic waste found in our oceans is one of the leading causes of  death in marine life all over the world.

Each year the litter in our oceans is known to cause the premature deaths of over:

    • 1 million sea birds,
    • 300,000 dolphins
    • 100,000 other sea turtles and mammals.

Not to mention that the litter is also being ingested by smaller fish which is affecting their scales and gills.

When smaller fish ingest harmful litter including harsh chemicals and plastics they are becoming ill. When we harvest these fish for food we are also consuming these harmful chemicals. This can lead to immune system disorders and even some types of cancers.

Though it used to be common practice to dispose of litter into the ocean it is becoming clear that doing this can directly affect human life.

80% of the waste in the ocean came from the land, and 5% of that waste washes back up on to the beaches. 

Having beaches that are covered in waste and litter not only affects marine life, it also is unsafe for children who wish to play in the sand.

This then means that if parents see that a beach is littered they are less likely to use it. This then directly affects tourism. Most seaside towns rely on tourism as their primary source of income, and without it their economy will suffer.

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Beach clean up event | Infographic

How can Broxap help?

At Broxap we have a range of recycling and litter bins, which are both robust and durable and perfect for any location.

In addition to their durability, Broxap’s litter bins such as the Greenwich Recycling Bin can be customised to suit any location and will blend in with any seaside surrounding. From different colours to specialist vinyls, they really will look right at home, anywhere.

Not only do our litter bins encourage the correct disposal of litter, but they also encourages recycling. This means that plastic bottles can be turned into useful products such as a Recycled Plastic Bollard, rather than ending up in the ocean, and then even back on our shores.

Nearly 25% of rubbish found on beaches and in the ocean is cigarette related waste.

Cigarette waste can take up to five years to decay.

When asked, people said that they did not feel it was safe to dispose of this type of waste in a bin, as it could result in fires. However, with Broxap we have specialised cigarette waste bins like the Lucifer Cigarette Bin. This small stainless steel bin can also be added onto the side of a litter bin as an optional extra.

This gives no room for excuses when it comes to the proper disposal of your waste.

Show your support for the Great British Beach Clean and sign up for one of the events close to you! Pick up a litter picker and some friends and help to clean up Britain’s Beaches.