Marine litter

SAS campaigns

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.

Marine Litter Campaigns

Below are links to Marine Litter related SAS campaigns…

Return To Offender

Return To Offender

We are encouraging all our supporters to become an active part of our award-winning anti beach litter campaign, sending items of identifiable marine litter found on UK beaches back to the manufacturers.

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UFOs

UFOs

The Unidentified Floating Object (UFO) campaign calls on the public to help identify persistent, unidentified marine litter from our beaches, in the hope that SAS can trace the the source of the litter and hold the polluters to account!

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Break The Bag Habit

Break The Bag Habit

Surfers Against Sewage has joined forces with three other leading environmental charities to call for a levy on single-use bags in England, following the success of such levies in Wales and Ireland.

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Think Before You Flush

Think Before You Flush

Raising public awareness about the problem that sanitary products (known in the business as Sewage Related Debris or SRD) cause in the sewage system and marine environment if they are flushed down the toilet.

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Mermaid's Tears

Mermaid's Tears

Little more than a few millimetres in diameter, these tiny plastic pellets have been nicknamed mermaids tears by campaigners and are one of the most prevalent litter item found on UK beaches.

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No Butts on the Beach

No Butts on the Beach

An estimated 4.5 TRILLION cigarette butts enter the environment every year. Just take a few moments to let that sink in, tell someone ­it’s a truly frightening figure, 4.5 trillion cigarette butts!

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Community beach cleans

Community beach cleans

We organise over 100 beach cleans and mobilise thousands of volunteers annually, removing many tonnes of this harmful marine litter. We’re proud of this but with your help we can do much more...

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Big Spring Beach Clean

Big Spring Beach Clean

SAS call for volunteers. With your help we aim to deliver 150 beach cleans, involving 3000 volunteers, spanning all coastal counties and removing a minimum of 10 tonnes of debris from our precious beaches...

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 Beach Guardian Project

Beach Guardian Project

We are working with Visit Cornwall to encourage local community groups and individuals to take a pro-active approach in protecting their local beaches and become Beach Guardians.

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