Apogee Corporation participates in Great British Beach Clean by removing 227kg of litter from UK beaches
Apogee Corporation partnered with the Marine Conservation Society for the Great British Beach Clean, collectively removing 227kg of litter from three UK beaches.
Thursday, 28 August 2022 –Apogee Corporation are once again taking part in the Great British Beach Clean, partnering with the Marine Conservation Society to remove litter from Folkestone, Kent, Cleethorpes, in the Humber, and Silverknowes, Scotland.
This September, Apogee volunteers removed 19kg of litter from Cleethorpes, 30kg from Silverknowes, and 178kg from Folkestone – coming to a collective total of 227kg.
While certain types of litter obviously 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.
Helmed and overseen by the Marine Conservation Society, The Great British Beach Clean is a science event where thousands of volunteers clean UK beaches over the course of a week. All litter collected is then sorted and disposed of responsibly, directly contributing to the conservation work of the International Coastal Clean-Up (ICC).
This marks the second year that Apogee has taken part in the Great British Beach Clean. In September 2021, Apogee volunteers collected over 40kg of litter from beaches in Whitstable, Kent, and Paull on the Humber – amounting to less than one fifth of what was collected in 2022.
The pursuit of a truly sustainable future is a key objective for Apogee, who actively strive to encourage environmentally-friendly business practices. One such example of this is through Print Releaf, a platform that converts business print into reforested trees.
“This year’s beach clean events have been an outstanding success, with fantastic feedback from all of our teams taking part across the UK,” says Mark Smyth, Chief Operating Officer for Apogee.
“We wanted to provide our employees with 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 amongst 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.”
Always on the lookout for ways to be active in its local communities, Apogee recently became a sponsor of Lincoln City FC Women, and gave over £21,000 to the Royal Marines Charity as part of the Triathlon of Great Britain.
For more on Apogee’s community work, find our latest Corporate Responsibility Report here.