GRAB your equipment for the Great British Beach Clean

Volunteers sought for national beach-clean

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The GRAB Trust, a charitable social enterprise formed in 1993 to address waste and recycling issues in Argyll and Bute, is encouraging Kintyre residents to take part in the Marine Conservation Society’s Great British Beach Clean.

Every September, hundreds of beach cleans take place up and down the UK as part of this week-long citizen science event.

This year’s Great British Beach Clean will take place from today, Friday September 17, until Sunday September 26.

To take part, all you need to do is download a survey form, grab some gloves and a litter-picker, if you have one, and head outside.

If you don’t live near a beach, or have noticed a litter problem in a park or street near you, join the Source to Sea Litter Quest as part of the Great British Beach Clean.

Filling in a litter survey form while you do your litter-pick helps many organisations, campaigns and research.

‘The data you collect is used to campaign for real change, providing the facts needed to demonstrate the scale of the single-use plastic problem and the evidence needed to change policies and pressure big business to take more responsibility for the type of packaging they put their products in,’ said a GRAB Trust spokesperson.

‘There have already been some great results; the Marine Conservation Society data has been used to make a positive impact on our ocean – including the introduction of the plastic bag charge, banning microplastics in personal care products, better wet wipe labelling, and supporting a tax on single-use plastic items.’

The GRAB Trust has litter-pickers which can be borrowed free as well as lots of advice and support to help people get going.

In partnership with liveArgyll, equipment packs available to loan from Queen’s Hall in Dunoon, Helensburgh Leisure Centre, Oban Library and Aqualibrium in Campbeltown. Each pack contains five litter-pickers, a bucket and some bin bags.

‘We hope you will use this equipment to enjoy some positive time outside, improve your fitness and wellbeing, make your community a nicer place to live, and contribute to efforts to stop the flow of plastic into the environment,’ said the GRAB Trust spokesperson.

Email lapickers@grab.org.uk to reserve equipment and get a starter pack.