Essex Beach & River Clean-ups

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Welcome to Essex Beach & River Clean-ups!

Our mission: To build awareness of and cultivate a growing collection of litter picking events around Essex to help local residents get involved in protecting our environment.

Volunteers: This is a growing community for you to find litter picking events in Essex and meet other people interested in being outdoors, connecting with nature and helping the environment. Please follow us on social media for info and updates as well as photos of clean-ups. Like and share our page with friends to grow this wonderful community!

Organisers: Share your Essex based organised litter picking events for free on our Facebook page or tag @essexbeachcleans on Instagram so we can find and share your event advert on there too.

Essex Beach & River Clean-ups is an initiative run by Sarah Hazelton. Sarah organises beach cleans for the Marine Conservation Society and is passionate about helping the community help the environment.

Get in touch if you would like more information or to request a beach clean to be organised for your organisation or employees!

email: esse[email protected]


Q What do we need to bring to a beach clean?

It's always a good idea to have your own reusable protective gloves for beach cleaning. Organisers may have some spare to lend out.

Always bring a bottle of water (reusable is best of course!) and wear sturdy footwear to protect your feet. Also wear suitable clothing for the weather - a hat/sunglasses/raincoat/warm jumper etc.

If it's a Marine Conservation Society beach clean then there will be full details online, including the option to register for the event so the organiser knows you're joining in!

Q Do I have to take part in the actual beach survey if there is one?

In short, no you don't have to, but it is really helpful if people can.

Some beach cleans include a survey of the litter picked up from a specified area of beach. This data provides information to the organisation (eg the Marine Conservation Society), so they can produce a report and compare litter trends around the country and worldwide. The data also helps the organisations back up their campaigns to prevent litter at source, so it's an important part of a beach clean.

Q Can I advertise my own organised litter pick event on the facebook page?

Yes please do! It's free!

The page was set up with the aim to cultivate a community of beach/river cleaning volunteers and organisers, so if you have an event please share it on our page and tag @essexbeachcleans in any instagram posts so we can find and repost your event advert!

Q How do I find out what beach cleans are happening near me?

You can look on our facebook page at our events line-up, also look at our posts for more events.

Also you can go to the marine conservation society website and see all the beach cleans being organised around the country why not join one on holiday and meet the locals!

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