Staff from the European Commission will be among those taking part in this Sunday’s initiative to clean beaches across the continent.

Karmenu Vella, the EU Commissioner for Environment Maritime Affairs & Fisheries, will be at Blankenberge beach, which will be live on Facebook. He is encouraging people who can’t get along to ask questions relating to marine plastic waste and the circular economy ahead of the EU beach clean up day.

And it is vital every possible action is taken to keep plastics out of our oceans, with one report stating that  “by 2050 oceans could contain more plastics than fish (by weight)” if major changes aren’t made.