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...
Check out our regional maps and try to pick an area where there isn't already a clean scheduled. This way we can make as big an impact as possible!
We host two huge volunteer led Clean Events every year - the Big Spring Beach Clean: Summit To Sea and the Autumn Beach Clean: Summit To Sea. Thanks to 45,771 people like you the 2019 Big Spring Beach Clean saw us remove over 71.7 TONNES of packaging pollution from 757 beaches, rivers, streets and mountains across the UK.
If there's no clean happening near you then why not step up to organise your own?
Our step-by-step guide makes it easy!
No beach clean near you and you don't have the time to organise an official SAS event?
Take action against plastic pollution every day and do your own #minibeachclean
The stats for 2019 speak for themselves, we exceeded our targets and we now need you to help us go even further in 2020!
Our Beach Clean Boxes are specially designed beach conservation kits.
They include beach clean tools such as; buckets, reusable sacks, gloves and shovels 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 200 boxes spread throughout the country.
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 Clean Leader 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 Communities. We’ll let you know what’s happening and how you can stay involved.