SAS is working at community, corporate and Government level to tackle the growing tide of marine litter that washes up on UK beaches every year. The rapidly rising number of SAS beach cleans help directly remove marine litter from the environment and raise public awareness, and longer term SAS initiatives including Return To Offender, Break the Bag Habit, Think Before You Flush and No Butts on the Beach aim to solve litter problems on a larger scale.
Annually, we mobilise approximately 5,000 community beach clean volunteers and educate thousands of people on the issue through schools talks and outside event. We also distribute marine litter campaign materials to hundreds of businesses throughout the UK to help them combat the crisis with us. The more supporters at every level who take action with us, the more we can achieve.
At Government level, Surfers Against Sewage has joined forces with three other leading environmental charities to launch the Break The Bag Habit campaign, calling for a levy on single-use bags in England, following the success of such levies in Wales and Ireland. At industry level, SAS’s award-winning Return To Offender campaign directly challenges some of the world’s biggest manufacturers of consumer products to reduce packaging levels, use more sustainable materials and support more activities to protect our coastal environment.
In 2014, SAS will be producing a Marine Litter Report, assessing the status of the crisis, current initiatives and activities available to tackle the issue, legislation that can help drive improvements and detailing an ambitious action plan for the future, involving individuals, communities, beach managers, industry and Government.