Surfers Against Sewage Big Spring Beach Clean on 24 & 25 March 2012

March 19th, 2012 by Surfers Against Sewage

(click on image to go to SAS Spring Beach Clean webpage)

SAS needs your hands on the beach on 24 and 25 March 2012.

The annual SAS Big Spring Beach Clean has been removing marine litter from UK beaches for many years with the help of community volunteers.

SAS are calling on the coastal communities across the British Isles to join them for the SAS Big Spring Beach Clean on 24 & 25 March 2012 to help make this year’s event the biggest ever.

Spring time sadly reveals the true severity of the marine litter issue. After a long winter of storms, before local council beach cleaning operations begin for the summer season, the accumulation of litter can often seem at its worst.

The amount of marine litter found on UK beaches has almost doubled in the last fifteen years, with with a shocking 1,969 litter items found on every kilometre of coastline according to the 2010 Marine Conservation Society Beachwatch survey.

Typical examples of marine litter include rubbish from beach users, sewage-related debris, waste from commercial shipping, nets and fish boxes from fishing vessels and medical waste.

Official SAS Big Spring Beach Clean events will be led by SAS Regional Reps with confirmed locations including in Cornwall, Devon, Wales, Scotland, Dorset, the South Coast and the North East.

Please log on to Surfers Against Sewage website to view beach clean locations and full details.

The SAS Big Spring Beach Clean helps tackle the growing problem of marine litter with the help of regional SAS reps, supporters, SAS members and coastal community volunteers.

This year SAS is encouraging dedicated volunteers to organise their own beach clean events, offering support and equipment to help empower communities to take positive action to protect local beaches, surf spots and waterways.

SAS Big Spring Beach Clean events also confront the worsening marine litter crisis through the promotion of SAS initiatives such as No Butts on the Beach, Return To Offender and Think Before You Flush.

These encourage further individual and corporate action once the beach clean has finished ultimately helping reduce the amount of litter finding its way onto the beach can into the sea.

Hugo Tagholm, SAS Executive Director, said “over the past few years SAS has seen a dramatic rise in the number of community volunteers getting involved with our beach clean programmes. Communities want to play their part in tackling the marine litter crisis affecting beautiful beaches everywhere, a visible indicator of the ecological disaster happening in our oceans. The SAS Big Spring Beach Clean empowers communities and educates the public on making n on-going positive difference to coastlines.”

For more information on confirmed locations or to register your event please contact Steve Hagan on 01872 555 950 or email projects @


Please note that all official SAS Big Spring Beach Clean organisers will need to fill out an SAS risk assessment document.

Once officially registered SAS will notify the council of your event and anticipated volunteer numbers. All organisers must follow SAS’s health and safety advice and briefing instructions.

All organisers must ensure they dispose of rubbish collected properly, either by liaising with the local council or taking it to the local refuse disposal & recycling site.

Surfers Against Sewage conforms to statutory requirements with regard to employer’s liability and this covers volunteers on beach clean activities.


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