The Waitrose Beach & River Clean-up

Join Waitrose and the Marine Conservation Society to help clean
up England's rivers and beaches. Get involved now by visiting to sign up.

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Key events

The Waitrose Beach and River Clean-up has started! Between now and next June, there will be a Waitrose Beach and River Clean-up within one hour of every Waitrose branch. We hope this will be the largest ever English beach clean with thousands of volunteers working at over 1,000 events.

Anyone can register to take part in Waitrose Beach and River Clean-ups as a beach clean organiser or a volunteer for events during the Great British Beach Clean between 15-18 September, or at other events that are planned throughout 2017 and 2018. With great food and fun activities planned for our 15 key events, it will make an enjoyable day out for all the family.

Please check back for more information nearer the time.

Why join in?

We are encouraging all of our customers, Partners and suppliers to get involved in helping clean up our rivers and beaches over the next year. “Beach litter has steadily risen over the two decades that MCS volunteers have been recording it on UK beaches. Last year, on average in the UK, 694 items of litter were collected for every 100 metres cleaned,” says MCS Beachwatch Manager, Lauren Eyles. “Plastic bottles and carrier bags, nappies, balloons and tiny plastic pieces can be found on almost every beach in the UK – either washed up, blown there or dropped. Our beaches are suffering, and most of the litter found can be traced back to us – the general public. But we can all do something positive to help – find your nearest event and get stuck in!"    

The clean-up and associated events have been sponsored by Waitrose using money raised from the sale of plastic carrier bags. And for the first time ever, as a result of our Partnership, the plastics removed from our rivers and beaches will be sorted and recycled, giving them a second life as new products. 

The MCS Great British Beach Clean is a ‘citizen science’ project that has become the most respected and longstanding beach litter survey in the UK. Now, by partnering with Waitrose and including river clean-ups, the charity hopes to create a year-long series of events that will see over 10,000 volunteers involved. 

The campaign is the first step in our plans to donate £1 million to projects that tackle plastic pollution. This builds on our plastics environmental commitments to only sell paper stem cotton buds, nothing containing microbeads and to ensure that all our packaging is widely recyclable, reusable or home compostable by 2025.

As well as hundreds of events over the Great British Beach Clean weekend there'll be hundreds more organised between now and June 2018.  

You can keep and eye on events as they are added at www.mcsuk/waitrose - where you can also register to attend.  

Join Waitrose and the Marine Conservation Society and help create one of the biggest river and beach clean events ever. 

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How to sign up

Check the MCS website for an event near you! 

Register at