To raise awareness of litter’s impact on the ocean and its wildlife, the 15 volunteers created a survey, litter timeline, and even took part in a treasure hunt. They recorded and collected an eye-opening 502 litter items, of which 60% were made of plastic or polystyrene and at least 33% were from the general public.
Charlotte Wright, corporate social responsibility manager, Elior UK, said: “As a society we are becoming more aware of the impact of single-use plastics and other litter. But initiatives like our beach cleans remind us that further progress is needed to educate consumers and shape operational best practices for businesses. What the team found was truly eye-opening for a small 100m stretch of beach, and we hope that our findings encourage and inspire others to adopt new attitudes to waste.”
Lizzie Prior, beachwatch officer, Marine Conservation Society says: "This is the second year Elior have helped with removing litter from our beaches and provided litter data by completing our survey - and absolutely crucial part of our Beachwatch programme. By recording the litter they found on Talacre beach, MCS can identify the worst offenders and establish the source of the rubbish which helps us continue to push for change at industry and governmental level. The Elior team were incredibly enthusiastic and really understood the importance of data collection and how it can make such a huge difference."
The beach clean was organised in partnership with the Marine Conservation Society, the UK’s leading marine charity, which works to ensure our seas are healthy, pollution free, and protected. This annual initiative is part of Elior’s global corporate social responsibility strategy, the Elior Group Positive Foodprint Plan, focused on tackling single-use materials, sourcing sustainable ingredients, supporting communities, encouraging healthy lifestyles, and promoting a circular model.
To learn more about Elior’s Positive Foodprint Plan, visit