At Planet Aware we are passionate about the marine environment and regularly organise beach cleans in collaboration with the Marine Conservation Society. The MCS has collected data on the rubbish they find on beaches for over two decades – which has helped them lobby the government to introduce policies to help reduce the litter on our beaches.
Find out more about getting involved in beach events that celebrate our fabulous coast on The Solent Beach Hub page.
We have also carried out our own surveys on beach litter including on cigarette butts in the local area to help develop new projects and advice on reducing marine pollution.
Beach cleans can be great events to get a community galvanised. You can also get involved in keeping your local area clean any time by just picking up a few pieces of litter whenever you are out.
Lots of people got in touch about running their own clean-up event so we put together a handy starting guide to organising your own beach clean.