Keep Wales Tidy are targeting rivers, waterways and beaches across Wales in a month-long campaign. In partnership with McDonald’s, Marine Clean Cymru will take place from the 20th of September to 20th of October. Marine litter is a growing threat to our aquatic and coastal environment, with 80% coming from land-based sources it isn’t just relevant to coastal communities.
Once again, the campaign will coincide with the Marine Conservation Society’s annual Great British Beach Clean (20-23 September) the UK’s largest national beach cleaning and litter survey programme. Litter data collected and submitted will be used to identify the specific problems our Welsh seas and coasts are facing and enable us to take collective action to improve our marine environment.
Lesley Jones, Chief Executive for Keep Wales Tidy said:
“We’re all responsible for the health of our oceans, so it’s crucial that we come together to make a real and lasting difference to our marine environment. Join us to work in partnership on this clean-up campaign and show how we’re caring for Wales and the wider world together.”
Marine Clean Cymru is being supported by McDonald’s, with volunteers from restaurants up and down the country planning on giving up their time to clean up their local beach.
Franchisee Ron Mounsey, who owns and operates 16 restaurants in South Wales, says:
“I’m delighted that McDonald’s is involved in this fantastic campaign for the second year. As a business we understand the important role that we play in making Wales a cleaner place for everyone and an enjoyable place to live, work and visit. We’re committed to playing our part in tackling litter and part of this is by supporting this campaign to clean up our local beaches and waterways. I look forward to seeing the difference that the events up and down the country will make to our local environment.”