Fresh air, community spirit, a sense of accomplishment and a tangible difference to your local beach. Protecting the environment has never been so rewarding.
Pick a way to get involved...
Your Regional Reps and neighbours have been busy.
See if there's a Beach Clean happening soon near you and head down and say hello!
We host two huge volunteer led Beach Clean events every year - the Big Spring Beach Clean and the Awesome Autumn Beach Clean. Thanks to 17,000 people like you the 2017 Big Spring Clean saw us remove over 55 TONNES of marine plastic pollution and litter from 475 beaches across the UK.
If there's no beach clean happening near you then borrow your local Beach Clean Box and step up to organise your own.
Our step by step guide makes it as easy as ABC!
No beach clean near you and you don't have the time to organise your own?
Take action against plastic pollution every day and do your own #minibeachclean
Help us beat our target of hosting 1,500 Beach cleans with 25,000 volunteers taking part in 2017
Our Beach Clean Boxes are specially designed beach conservation kits.
They include beach clean tools such as; buckets, bin bags, gloves, litter picker and shovel as well as vital scientific monitoring and education materials.
Many of our beautiful beaches often resemble ‘plastic pollution disaster zones’ – but our highly trained Regional Reps are the first line of defence. Each Rep has a Beach Clean Box, which means there’s more than 125 boxes spread throughout the country.
Borrow a Box:
The Beach Clean Boxes are community kits, so we’d love everyone to use them. If you want to borrow one to do your own beach clean, or to deliver a talk to your local school/club – then locate your nearest one and get in touch with the Rep who looks after it.
Request our help:
If you’d like a local Rep to bring a Beach Clean Box down to your local/favourite beach and run a beach clean – then contact our team and we’ll set the wheels in motion.
I went with friends, our kids and a flask of coffee, it was fun just getting down to the beach and meeting up with friends, the bonus was doing something good at the same time!”
I think my initial perceptions of a beach clean were old ladies in high-vis vests, or Boy Scouts being forced against their will. One day I decided I wasn't doing enough for my environment - yes it is yours! What a pleasant surprise we had! It was a fantastic experience cleaning Westward Ho! Thanks SAS!
I wanted to help out but I had my 11 year old daughter with me that day. In the end I took her along. We had fun looking for litter and plastic - it was a great way to spend some time together, get some fresh air and learn real-life lessons about the environment
It's only “not for you” if you DON’T enjoy meeting lots of like-minded people of all ages and backgrounds. Everyone we cleaned with was super friendly, and we've all made plans to return more regularly to help clean together!”.
It opens your eyes to what ends up in the sea and helps you understand why it's so important to 'spread the word' to anyone who will listen about how we can change our use of plastic crap.
It’s so worthwhile, you really feel like you're doing good. It’s not someone else’s responsibility it's all of ours. Get out there, have fun, imagine the difference we could make if we all did our bit!
It’s refreshingly simple and surprisingly fun!
Family, friends and even a dog or two for starters ;)
Just make sure you are dressed for the British seaside weather! We have a good amount of gloves, bin bags, buckets and hand wash; but if you’re able to bring your own gloves that means more people can get involved.
They’re designed to be a fun day out for all the family. Make sure the kids are suitably dressed, and if you can bring child-sized gloves for them that will really help.
We appreciate that not all young children can sustain two hours of cleaning activity, and you’re welcome to stay for only as long as their boredom threshold allows. You might be surprised how much fun they have though!
Yours! Every single beach is blighted by plastic pollution and deserves our protection; to start with maybe choose a beach that means something to you #protectwhatyoulove
The Regional rep or Beach Clean Organiser will dispose of it safely. We’ll make sure that as much of the plastic as possible will be recycled. In most cases, the local council will have been notified and they will have made arrangements to collect the rubbish you collect.
You’re part of the SAS beach clean family now! We hope you’ll stay in touch with us for many years to come and play a big part in helping us to create plastic free coastlines. We’ll let you know what’s happening and how you can stay involved.