Clean Coasts Week

Clean Coasts

Keep Wales Tidy is urging people to get involved and volunteer their time during Clean Coast Week, supported by McDonald’s, between 23 April – 1 May and help care for our award-winning Welsh coastline.

With a dedicated week of coastal action, Keep Wales Tidy is searching for volunteers across Wales, committing to work together to help get our beaches and coastline looking beautiful and ready for everyone to enjoy during the busy summer months.

This is the fourth annual Clean Coast Week which is once again being supported and sponsored by McDonald’s Restaurants throughout Wales and Helping Hand Environmental through a range of dedicated bespoke equipment.

Keep Wales Tidy, one of Wales’ leading environment charities, along with McDonald’s restaurant staff, community groups, schools and businesses will take part in clean-up events across the country as part of the Spring clean.

The fourth annual Clean Coast Week 2016 follows the success of the previous three years. Since 2013, more than 325 registered events have taken place across the Welsh coast, with nearly 8,000 people getting involved in collecting over 6,700 bags of rubbish.

Events have already been organised across the country to help give beaches a spring clean before the busy summer season, but Keep Wales Tidy needs more volunteers to sign up.

Howard Gray, Head of Sustainability & Distribution at McDonalds UK said:

“McDonald’s has been trading in Wales for nearly 20 years and are proud to be involved and supporting the Clean Coast Campaign for the fourth year in a row. Each year has been a fantastic success so far and also a very positive way to bring the community together to help clean up the much loved Welsh coastline ahead of the hustle and bustle of the summer months.

“Our restaurant teams throughout Wales will be volunteering as part of our commitment to keeping our local environment clean and litter-free. We would love to see as many people as possible joining in to make Clean Coast Week a huge success in 2016.”

Wales boasts some spectacular beaches, many having received the internationally recognised Blue Flag Award which is managed in Wales by Keep Wales Tidy.

Clean Coast Week 2016 is a great opportunity for everyone to get involved in appreciating and caring for our coast – from sprucing up coastal areas to removing litter left on our beaches.

Lesley Jones, Chief Executive for Keep Wales Tidy comments:

“The coastline is very important for Wales as it allows us to showcase our beautiful country, boosting local economies and the tourism industry. It’s important that we get together to help care for our beaches and maintain the high standard of our coast. I hope that people from across Wales can spend a few hours at their nearest coastal area to ensure that locals and visitors can continue to enjoy the best that Wales has to offer.”

If you would like take part in one of the arranged clean up events or would like to organise your own event, visit www.keepwalestidy.org or e-mail events@keepwalestidy.org for more information.