Beach Cleans

Think Global, Act Local.
Tackle the plastic pollution that blights your beachfront.

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 your local beach clean action

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!

Get ready for the next big thing

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.

Sign up for our email newsletter for a reminder before our beach clean events, and make sure you're following us on Facebook and Twitter.

Organise your own SAS Beach Clean

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!

SAS Beach Clean

Organise your own beach clean

Do a #MINIBEACHCLEAN

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

Find out more

STEP UP AND PROTECT THE BEACHES YOU LOVE

Help us beat our target of hosting 1,500 Beach cleans with 25,000 volunteers taking part in 2017

Beach cleans
1500
454
Volunteer numbers
25000
16108
Kg of rubbish removed from our beaches
100000
31812
SAS Beach Clean Box logo SAS Regional rep logo

Beach clean boxes and Regional Reps

Marine litter disaster relief for UK beaches

Beach clean box contents Beach clean box in use at the beach

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.

What our beach cleaners say

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!”

— Kim, Perranuthnoe – South West

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!

— Chloe Wood, Westward Ho! North Devon – South West

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

— Suzie (and her daughter!), Whitley Bay – North East

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!”.

— James, West Wittering – South Coast

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.

— Sally

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!

— Jane, West Wittering – South Coast

Beyond the beach clean

Take the next steps

Cleaning your local beach is a brilliant start, but together there is so much more we can do to fight the scourge of plastic pollution.

Download our Surf Activists Toolkit

Sign our Message in a Bottle petition

Beach Clean FAQs

What happens on a Beach Clean?

It’s refreshingly simple and surprisingly fun!

  1. Say “Hello”- First things first; just head down at the advertised time, say “hello” to the Lead Volunteer and you’ll be made to feel extremely welcome
  2. Kit-up – Once you’ve signed in grab yourself a pair of gloves, a bin-bag and a recyclables bucket from the Beach Clean Box
  3. Keeping Safe – Your Lead Volunteer will then gather everyone as one big group and make sure everyone knows how to stay safe
  4. The Problem with Plastic Pollution – Your Lead Volunteer will speak to everyone for a little while about the threat that plastic pollution poses to our oceans and beaches, what to look out for during the beach clean and – most importantly – what we can do to tackle it!
  5. The Main Event – The Beach Clean will usually run for two hours, make sure you get back to base in plenty of time to separate your recyclables
  6. Weird & Wonderful – Keep an eye out for weird, wonderful and old ‘Retro Rubbish’ items. It’s always super interesting to discuss how and why they may have got there and there’s usually a prize for the weirdest item found!
  7. High Fives & Home – The Lead Volunteer will let you know how much plastic pollution you have removed together and get some great photos of everyone. Hopefully you will have had fun and maybe even made some new friends. Remember to enjoy your time on the beach that weekend and beyond, you’ve earned it!
What should I bring?

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.

Are beach cleans suitable for children?

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!

Which beach do you want me to clean?

 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

What happens to all the rubbish that's collected?

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.

What happens after the Beach Clean?

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.