ZST architects work with the support of Brighton and Hove City Council Cityclean, in running an annual marine litter survey and a clean-up between Black Rock train station and the Palace Pier as part of The Marine Conservation Society’s (MCS) Beachwatch.
The Findings from the MCS beach watch surveys will be added to the data of hundreds of other beach-cleans across our coastline. This information is used by MCS to tackle the rising problem of marine litter. Some of our best loved marine life is under threat from the waste and litter in our sea and on our beaches. We have to all play a part in turning the tide on litter and keep our beaches and waters clean.
This year the Clean-up is being supported by many local businesses and some from further afield. From London, Riz Boardshorts will be attending to collect plastic for their Bottles To Boardshorts campaign. They are working to collect 50,000 bottles in 9 months in order to develop their new 100% recycled Board Shorts.
Volunteers from the University of Brighton C-Change will also be joining the beach clean as part of their award-winning internal sustainability engagement campaign, ‘c-change’. The c-change campaign aims to raise awareness of sustainability issues within the university community, and enable staff and students to live and work as sustainably as possible. The campaign runs a variety of initiatives around waste and recycling, carbon reduction, sustainable transport and biodiversity, to minimise the environmental impact of the University’s campuses wherever possible.
This year we saw 200 volunteers starting at the Palace Pier & Black Rock on Friday 29th April 2016. The clean up lasted for 3 hours and during this time we cleared 340 kilos of litter!