Friday Apr 04, 2014

Army of volunteers remove 25 tonnes of litter from beaches

Surfers Against Sewage (SAS) removed a staggering 25 tonnes of litter from Britain’s beaches last month with the help of over 3500 volunteers.

The huge amount of rubbish, equivalent to 833,333 plastic bottles, was left on shore by this winter’s savage storms and collected on coastline everywhere from Lands’ End to John O’Groats.

The operation, which took place throughout March, benefitted 130 beaches and SAS Chief Executive Hugo Tagholm hoped that the passion of the volunteers would inspire others to keep our beaches clean.

“Surfers Against Sewage was overwhelmed with the outpouring of community action and effort,” he said.

“It will hopefully connect, inspire and motivate coastal communities to be even more involved with campaigns to protect our waves, oceans and beaches for the future.”

Surfers Against Sewage is a national environmental charity committed to protecting the UK’s oceans, waves and beaches and every year holds Big Spring Beach Cleans – but this was their biggest yet.

One cleaning team, at Perranporth in Cornwall, set a new charity record by gathering 260 volunteers. They also picked up 3.5 tonnes of litter – another record high for a Big Spring Beach Clean.

The most common litter found were plastic bottles, cigarette butts, fishing net and plastic bags. However, as part of the 'Wierdfish' competition volunteers also dug up a TV, a fridge, toys, signs and even a pair of dentures

With encouraging support but still plenty of marine litter on Britain’s beaches the charity have commited to reducing marine litter by 50% by 2020.

For more information contact dom@sas.org.uk or call 01872 553001.

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