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The European trade association for plastics producers, Plastics Europe, have released the first public report on Operation Clean Sweep, highlighting the progress the industry association has made over the last couple of years to promote the voluntary scheme to members. 

Thanks to all of you who took part in The Great European Nurdle Hunt in June. We had over 250 nurdle hunters take part over the 4 days, with hunts carried out in 9 different countries!

Take a look at some statistics from the weekend, plus some of your nurdle pics below:

 

The Great Winter Nurdle Hunt - Results and Media Storm!

 

Wow! As a result of the FANTASTIC efforts of a huge network of citizen scientists around the UK, we had a bit of a media storm at nurdle hunt HQ! Now the dust has settled we have time to review...

 

 

Nurdling 9 to 5 – what a way to make a difference!

A few weeks ago, alongside Marine Conservation Society, and support from Forth Valley College, The Conservation Volunteers and the local community council (as well as avid nurdle hunters!) we headed to Bo'ness beach to collect as many pellets as we possibly could over a full 8 hour day. Over the day we managed to collect a remarkable ~540,000 pellets! Well done everyone!! 

 

We are delighted to announce that The Great Nurdle Hunt won the RSPB Nature of Scotland Awards for best Marine Conservation Project! It was an inspiring evening at Sheraton hotel in Edinburgh, where 300 people, representing organisations doing a variety of fantastic work across Scotland, came together to celebrate some amazing conservation success stories. The award was presented to our very own Sarah Archer and Madeleine Berg by Esther Villoria Dominguez, the Environmental and Consents Manager for Vattenfall.

 

Volunteers find plastics pellets (nurdles) on 93% of the beaches surveyed for The Great Technicolour Nurdle Hunt. The event took place across the UK on 13th – 16th April 2018, in total volunteers gave 4545 minutes of their time to nurdling at over 85 nurdle hunts.

 

 

Plastic pellets were found to be littering the environment near companies that manufacture plastic products, despite company commitments to Operation Clean Sweep, an industry initiative committed to achieving zero pellet loss.