Managed print specialist Apogee recently partnered with the Marine Conservation Society for the Great British Beach Clean, removing 227 kg (500 lbs) of litter from three UK beaches.
While certain types of litter fluctuated between the three sites, polystyrene and plastic consistently held the majority throughout, with 1,228 individual pieces gathered collectively.
Comparatively, paper and cardboard waste – the second most frequent litter type – accounted for 260 individual pieces, followed by sanitary products with 222. All rubbish collected was then sorted and disposed of responsibly, directly contributing to the conservation work of the International Coastal Clean-Up.
Apogee COO Mark Smyth said: “We wanted to give our employees the opportunity to be involved in our local communities and to make a real difference – as well as provide valuable time outside the day-to-day workplace with colleagues from all areas of our organisation.
“For us, positive change starts with raising awareness among our people. Allowing them to see the effects of pollution on a local beach cements the importance of managing waste responsibly – and encourages them to share that awareness with others.”