Marine Conservation Society beach cleans

Reversing the plastic tide

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Earlier this month (October 2019), 52 Sodexo colleagues joined the Marine Conservation Society (MSC) to collect and measure plastic waste and other forms of litter over four 100-metre beach cleans.

Our volunteers came together from across the region to support the cause, not only preventing the plastic from entering the sea and affecting wildlife, but also contributed to reversing the plastic tide affecting British coastlines.

Over the four 100-metre stretches, the volunteers collected more than 12kg of plastic waste – that’s the equivalent of four bags of sugar at each location.

The plastic waste measured included 3,808 small plastic pieces and 300 cotton bud sticks. Many volunteers generously continued collecting waste beyond the assigned areas – the West Kirby volunteers (below) reported collecting more than 38kg!

West Kirby Beach

Pictured: Sodexo colleagues at West Kirby beach with their collected waste

The Sodexo UK & Ireland Corporate Responsibility team arranged the MCS volunteering opportunities with the aim to create real change. The data from the beach cleans will be used by the MCS to help inform legislators and other organisations to put measures in place to reduce single-use plastic now and in the future.

If you would like to reduce the amount of single-use plastic you use, download the MCS ‘Living without single-use-plastic guide’ to see what easy changes you can make.

Did you know that plastic bags recorded on UK beaches have reduced by 22% since the 5p plastic bag charge was introduced in 2011? Together we can make the difference!

Brighton beach

Pictured: Collecting plastic waste on Brighton beach!

Help Sodexo make a difference by taking part in our annual WasteLESS Week campaign held every October. The 2019 WasteLESS Week activites are already well underway, with sites across the region focused on the reduction of plastic waste in line Sodexo’s Better Tomorrow commitment – remove single-use-plastics wherever possible by 2020.

Play your part and help us achieve our waste reduction commitments – make a change today!


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