MCS urges folk to take part in nationwide beach clean

St Combs beach.
St Combs beach.

The UK’s leading marine charity says it hopes people who love the coast around Scotland will take part in a nationwide beach clean event which includes clean-ups at Aberdeen, Arbroath, Montrose, Helensburgh and Kirkaldy.

The Marine Conservation Society (MCS) runs regular beach cleans around the UK which this year will culminate in the Great British Beach Clean over the weekend of September 19-22.

MCS says it hopes to get a record number of people cleaning beaches around the UK during its Great British Beach Clean weekend and is looking for volunteers in Scotland.

Tom Bell, MCS campaigns manager, says the event hopes to return many of Britain’s beaches to their halcyon days of the 50s and 60s, before we became a throw away society resulting in thousands of pieces of litter, including vast amounts of plastic, along every kilometre of the UK’s coastline.

“Our domestic habits over the last 50 years or so have resulted in dirty beaches. We throw more stuff away than ever.

“We want to see people turning out to clean up their favourite or local beach during our Great British Beach Clean weekend – please don’t turn your back out beaches.”

To find out if there’s a beach clean in your area a full list can be found at the website