The Autumn Beach Clean

Autumn is coming

Each autumn we brace ourselves against the inevitable mass accumulation of plastic pollution upon our beaches. The combined effects of the sheer volume of plastic entering our oceans each day, the ever strengthening North Atlantic hurricane season and the end of seasonal beach clean operations lead to a ‘Perfect Storm’ of plastic pollution on our beaches. Far from being summer only spaces, our coastal communities enjoy and rely upon their beaches 365 days a year.

Taking place from the 17th to the 25th October each year the Autumn Beach Clean extends deep into the darker, colder times when, in the absence of summer’s tourist spotlight, the health of our coastlines can slip from the nation’s mind.  It brings those of us who use our beaches year round together; uniting, inspiring and empowering hundreds of coastal communities to take action to remove and recycle many tonnes of marine plastic pollution as we seek to create plastic free coastlines. Click here to join this year’s Autumn Beach Clean and lead your community.

Since 2011 you have organised

2,089

Autumn Beach Cleans…

in that time we’ve mobilised

76,406

volunteers…

and you’ve removed

114,713.43

kilos of plastic pollution from our beaches.

Partners

Thanks to the truly inspiring example that YOU, our beach clean volunteers set we have been able to build lasting relationships and receive support from many inspiring companies and organisations.

We are delighted to once again be working with long time lead partners The Crown Estate for the 7th consecutive year and also to continue our partnership with partners; Trewithian DairyRen SkincareCanoe FoundationParley for the OceansHydroflaskFinisterre and Community & Charity Partners; Surfing EnglandBritish CanoeingThe British Mountaineering CouncilSouth West Coast PathThe Wave ProjectThe Outdoor Swimming Society.

Together the formation of this pioneering ‘circular economy alliance’ presents an opportunity tackle plastic pollution at all levels, raising awareness and creating change from source to sea and shore to store

We’re delighted to be supporting Surfers Against Sewage for another year to help protect and enhance our coastal environment, whilst also providing a great day out for people to support their favourite beaches.”

Gary Thompson, Coastal Manager from The Crown Estate.