One of the UK’s leading marine conservation charities is calling on volunteers to lead or join beach and river cleans this autumn.
Surfers Against Sewage’s Autumn Beach and River Clean takes place between 20 and 28th October with the aim of mobilising 15,000 volunteers from coastal and inland communities to help the charity clean 400 beaches and 60 rivers.
Since its launch in 2011, the project has seen more than 28,000 volunteers remove 80,000kg of marine plastic pollution (the equivalent of over 19,500 bin bags) at 932 Autumn Beach Clean events.
This year for the first time the charity has introduced river cleans in a bid to stop plastic pollution before it reaches our coastlines. This has been developed in partnership with British Canoeing.
Director of projects and campaigns at SAS Ben Hewitt said: “The Autumn Beach Clean has long been a staple of every ocean enthusiast’s diary and this year we are moving inland to our rivers for the first time. We want to tackle the problem of pollution further upstream and highlight the direct link between all UK towns, villages and cities and the ocean around us.
“The scale of this clean - the biggest across the UK – will provide us with vital data to inform the Governments decisions on a new deposit return scheme. We will be able to specifically show the range of bottles and cans ending up polluting our islands, which need to be included in a new scheme.”
For information on how to get involved visit https://www.sas.org.uk/our-work/beach-cleans/organise-beach-clean/