On the 24th September 2022 five of us went down to the shoreline in Ipswich and carried out a beach clean as part of the 2022 Great Beach Clean organised by the Marine Conservation Society. The weather was good with light winds.

Ensuring we had all our safety equipment and risk assessments in place we surveyed part of the beach at Orwell County Park 100 meters long by 15 meters wide and you would be amazed (or maybe not) at what we found.

The number of Items found along with their % of the total rubbish collected is listed below:-

  • Plastic/Polystyrene 169 48.99%

  • Rubber 1 0.29%

  • Paper/Cardboard 3 0.87%

  • Wood (machined) 6 1.74%

  • Metal 4 1.16%

  • Glass 148 42.90%

  • Sanitary 10 2.90%

  • Medical 1 0.29%

  • Cloth 1 0.29%

  • Pottery/Ceramics 2 0.58%

It probably isn't a surprise to anyone that plastic topped the bill but it was closely followed by glass. Glass is easily recycled and the UK recycles just over 70% of container glass.* In 2021 households recycled 47.2% of plastic packaging**. Board and paper packaging is at 82% in Europe - the highest of any material.***

Of course it requires the user to place the glass, plastic or paper in the right bin not throw it in the water or leave it on the beach.

To help you reduce waste we have a list of local refill shops and sites available on our website here to help reduce household plastic waste.

If you would like to see the national results of the 2022 Great Beach Clean from the Marine Conservation Society you can find them here.

If you would like to know more about the UKs waste and recycling you can visit the Statistics website here:

If you would like to join us on our next beach clean please get in touch with is via the contact us page or email us at




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On 24th September 2022 we will be taking part in Big Green Week with a Beach Clean event in support of the Marine Conservation Society.

Come along and join us - starts at 10am. Click on the link below to find out where we are meeting. We would love to see new faces join us at this event.

Please bring gloves, sensible shoes, grabbers, drinks and snacks along with the obligatory sun cream and rainwear for all weathers!

We should remind everyone please do not touch any dead birds you may come across as per MSC guidelines.

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On Sunday 31st October Ipswich Friends of the Earth will be in Christchurch Park along with Woodcraft Folk to show our concern for our planet and the climate crisis. We are asking everyone to come and join us.

We want to raise awareness of COP26 and the importance of climate change and how we must change and governments and leaders across the world must take action.

We are hoping to have a range of activities for children and will keep this post updated as activities are confirmed. Assemble at Round Pond for 10am for our walk.

Please come and join us and show your concern for our planet.

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