Marine litter poses a growing threat to our aquatic and coastal environment. Up to 12.7 million tonnes of plastic enters the world’s oceans every year, equivalent to dumping one bin lorry of plastic per minute into the world’s oceans.

To show that Wales is rising to this global challenge, we’re working with partners to launch an ambitious new campaign – the All Wales Beach Clean!


We’re aiming to clean up every public beach in Wales

To achieve this, we need support from individuals, community groups, schools, businesses and other organisations across the country join in with this brand-new campaign.


The All Wales Beach Clean will be taking place between 14 and 30 September.

We’re launching on 14 September to tie in with the Marine Conservation Society’s 25th annual Great British Beach Clean which runs from 14 to 17 September this year. It is the UK’s largest national beach cleaning and litter survey programme.

You can help make it THE biggest and best yet for Wales by organising your All Wales Beach Clean to run during this four-day event. Litter data collected and submitted will be used to identify the specific problems our Welsh seas and coasts are facing and enable us to take collective action to improve our marine environment.


We’re aiming to carry out beach cleans at each of the 160 sites identified on the map below.

But together we can do more.

Our coast is lined with hidden gems – secluded bays, small coves and remote beaches which all need to be looked after.

And the issue of marine litter isn’t just relevant to coastal communities. In fact, 80% is from land-based sources – so we also want to target rivers and other watercourses.


Getting involved is as easy as one, two, three!

  1. Take a look at the map, to see which beaches need to be adopted. We can help you find an alternative if the beach of your choice is taken. Just get in touch with the All Wales Beach Clean team on 01646 694800 or [email protected] 
  2. Register the time, date and location of your event using this simple online form. We’ll then process your registration and update the map.
  3. Download the free All Wales Beach Clean resources. These have been created to help you plan and publicise your event.

Map information

The map doesn’t update automatically, so please bear with us while we work to process your registration.

Event information appears in the language in which it was registered. And of course, all events are subject to change.


We’re excited to be working with a range of partners on the All Wales Beach Clean, including MCS, the National Trust and members of the Green Sea Partnership.

Of course, the All Wales Beach Clean wouldn’t be possible without the support of McDonald’s restaurants across Wales.

The campaign has also received funding via the Regional Tourism Engagement Fund (RTEF) supported through the Welsh Government Rural Communities - Rural Development Programme 2014-2020, which is funded by the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development (EAFRD) and the Welsh Government.



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