Marks & Spencer (M&S) is calling on its customers and employees to volunteer to help their local community and marine life by cleaning the beach at Loughshore Park, Jordanstown.
This year’s Big Beach Clean-up will tackle the scourge of litter on 95 UK beaches and 45 canals, including Loughshore Park. The event will take place on Thursday 24th April at 10am and it is hoped that many local people will get involved.
In partnership with the Marine Conservation Society (MCS) and the Canal & River Trust, this year’s M&S Big Beach Clean-up will take place between 24th and 30th April with thousands of volunteers – including M&S customers, employees and Marine Conservation Society volunteers – taking part.
The target is to clear more than last year’s massive haul of 30 tonnes of litter – the equivalent weight of two double decker buses. Customers that register in advance at www.mcsuk.org/foreverfish will receive a money-off M&S voucher on the day of their beach clean*.
Most of the litter collected will be common waste items such as fishing nets, ropes and bottles tops. However last year M&S beach and canal cleaners found an array of unusual items including a bath, coffee maker, HM Prison Service toothbrush and a Freeview box.
Last year over 9,000 people (4,000 M&S employees and 5,000 M&S customers) volunteered and collected 4,000 bin bags full of litter after cleaning over 300km of beaches and canals.
The M&S Big Beach Clean-up is part of M&S’ Forever Fish campaign which is funded by the profits from the 5p carrier bag charge in M&S foodhalls. Since its introduction in 2008, the charge has reduced carrier bag use by 75 per cent and raised over £6 million for good causes.