In the wake of the winter storms that recently battered the UK, Surfers Against Sewage called upon the coastal communities to volunteer to organise SAS Big Spring Beach Clean on 28, 29, 30 & 31 March to help tackle the marine litter crisis. Relentless storms have brought with them severe flooding, continuous sewage discharges, extreme coastal erosion and revealed the shocking scale of the marine litter crisis our oceans and beaches are facing. Coastal communities, including Watergate Bay, have found their beaches littered with cotton bud sticks, shipping crates, carrier bags, water bottles, fishing netting, cigarette butts, mermaid’s tears – the vast majority of it plastics.
The response of coastal communities to this crisis has been truly inspiring and SAS asked us all to unite for the biggest ever Big Spring Beach Clean to deliver at least 150 beach cleans spanning all UK coastal counties. On 29 March local volunteers joined the Surfers Against Sewage Big Spring Beach Clean at Watergate Bay.
In just two hours from the team of 29 volunteers collected 50 bags of rubbish which in total weighed 299kgs.
Throughout Spring, SAS have organised beach cleans from Lands End to John O’Groats with a total of 3,500 volunteers collecting a staggering total of 25 tonnes of marine litter, equivalent to 833,333 1 litre plastic bottles.
A special thanks goes out to Venus who provided hot drinks to all the volunteers, as well as discount on take-away food. Also, Vita Coco Coconut Water who sponsored the Big Beach Clean nationally.
Great Job everyone!
One person’s trash is another’s treasure. This is certainly the case for Jo Atherton who creates pieces of custom artwork with flotsam gathered from the Atlantic coast of Cornwall. We caught up with her recently to see how she is turning marine litter into something more beautiful, whilst helping to clean up our beaches and raise awareness of marine litter. Find out more.