Beach litter has almost doubled over the last 15 years, and in 2010 alone, average litter levels across the UK jumped an alarming six per cent compared to 2009.

MCS wants to break this rising trend, and the charity says it cannot do it without public support.

This year’s MCS Beachwatch Big Weekend is taking place tomorrow (Saturday) and Sunday and will involve thousands of volunteers taking to the beaches all around the UK coast.

Litter pickers will clean up and record the rubbish they find, as part of the International Coastal Clean-up which takes place in 80 countries worldwide. The data collected shapes MCS’s beach litter campaigns and keeps the subject matter firmly on the Government’s agenda.

Last year’s Beachwatch Big Weekend revealed a shocking rise in the amount of bathroom rubbish found on UK beaches. MCS Beachwatch Officer Lauren Davis said: “We’d like to see much more involvement around the UK coastline. Right now, we’re especially on the look out for people who can help us organise a beach clean in the area, and anyone can simply volunteer to take part.”

Lauren says a beach clean is a great way to gather vital data: “It’s great to have the help of so many enthusiastic locals of all ages who are clearly passionate about getting involved.” Find out more about the weekend at www.mcsuk.org/beachwatch or telephone (01989) 566017.