Surfers Against Sewage Big Spring Beach Clean

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Ballyholme Bay
Waters Sports
Gwynedd (GB060)
Tel 2018-04-07
Categoria Events

UK’S BIGGEST BEACH CLEAN TO TARGET PLASTIC POLLUTION AT 2,500 BEACHES AND RIVERS NATIONWIDE - like to get involved as a Beach Clean Leader? Contact your local rep via or ourselves on [email protected] THE ‘ATTENBOROUGH EFFECT’ In the last decade, Surfers Against Sewage’s Big Spring Beach Clean has grown into the one of the biggest gatherings of environmental volunteers in the world, visiting over 1,200 beaches and removing millions of pieces of plastic from the marine environment. This huge volunteer effort reflects the recent explosion of awareness and action around the issue of ocean plastic pollution that was powerfully demonstrated by the recent Blue Planet II series. Nicknamed the ’Attenborough Effect’, the series shone an all-encompassing light on the threat that plastic poses to our oceans, leading to a wave of new engagement that can be traced back to ripples generated almost 10 years ago by those pioneer beach clean communities, many of whom are still active with SAS.

Surfers Against Sewage’ Head of Community and Engagement, Dom Ferris said: “We know that up to 13 million tonnes of plastic enter our oceans every year. We know that millions of animals are dying because of this. We know that plastic is literally suffocating our oceans. Yet, despite this, there is hope and nowhere can that be better felt than on our beaches each spring amongst the tens of thousands of people who have donated their precious time to protect what they love. Today we’re calling for people to lead their communities once again by registering their favourite beaches for a Big Spring Beach Clean. ” PLASTIC PREVENTION PARTNERSHIPS Surfers Against Sewage and their volunteers also recognise the importance of working ‘beyond the beach clean’ and they are proud to be working with the Environment Agency to promote the Big Spring Beach Clean, as they focus on innovative solutions to tackle single-use plastic pollution in the wider environment. The Environment Agency recently announced £750,000 for a new, dedicated team to tackle plastics pollution in the South West of England. This pioneer project will see the creation of a new Plastics and Sustainability team that will be working across Devon and Cornwall with businesses, local councils, charities and community action groups, such as Surfers Against Sewage and the Bude Cleaner Seas Project. The team will aim to reduce the amount of plastic pollution across land, rivers and the coastline. It will promote better environmental practices across industry, including a reduction in plastic waste from manufacturing, along with community campaigns to clean up pollution locally, beginning with SAS’s Big Spring Beach Clean. Environment Agency Area Environment Manager, Bruce Newport said: “We share the same passion as Surfers Against Sewage for removing plastic that has been allowed to enter our precious environment and by working together we will maximise this opportunity to make a massive difference. We are thrilled to be part of the Big Spring Beach Clean working with so many great people to remove as much plastic from our beaches as possible for people and wildlife.” BEACOME A BEACH CLEAN LEADER Register your favourite beach or waterway with SAS at [email protected] and receive a limited edition stainless steel ‘Beach Clean Leader Beaker’ from Big Spring Beach Clean sponsors Klean Kanteen. To find your nearest Big Spring Beach Clean event head to the SAS ‘Regions and Events’ page at To propose a beach clean you would like to host via contacting your local rep at or UK wide.

We are actively recruiting Beach Clean Leaders on East Coast Beaches through to Strangford Lough - If you would like to host a clean and reasons why that beach needs attention please email me at [email protected] :)

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