The Big Spring Beach Clean: Summit to Sea

Be part of a truly epic community response to plastic pollution on our beaches, rivers, streets and mountains

Taking place between the 6th and the 14th of April, the Big Spring Beach Clean (BSBC) is the largest and most effective volunteer beach cleaning project in the UK, if not Europe. Since 2010 over 120,271 of you have joined us at over 2,532 events across the UK.

A staple of all beach clean calendars, the Big Spring Beach Clean is hugely impactful, inclusive and above all else, fun. It is the standard by which all other beach clean projects are measured, thanks to YOU! For more information or to get involved, please email The Beach Clean Team on beachcleans@sas.org.uk.

 

`10,271 of you have volunteered at a Big Spring Beach Clean since 2010

JOIN US!

There’s loads of ways you can get involved, you can find out on these pages when and where your nearest clean is taking place and just turn up at the designated time and place to join others from your community in a big old clean up! Or you might want to think about leading your own clean, which is super straightforward and we’ll be with you every step of the way.

 

Since 2010 we’ve hosted

2,532

Big Spring Beach Cleans across all regions of the UK.

We have removed

224,478.92kg

of marine litter, the majority plastic pollution, from the UK’s coastline.

Our Big Spring Beach Cleans have removed more than

50,000

plastic bottles and cans from our beaches.

You’ve dedicated

181,344

hours to our Big Spring Cleans – adding over £1.65m of value to our coastal economies.

Together, change is possible

Plastic pollution has sadly become a dominating feature at beaches around the world, damaging global marine eco-systems and local communities that are reliant on a clean ocean environment.

However, the marine plastic pollution crisis can no longer be ignored, nor the single-use, throwaway society that drives it. With over a quarter of a billion metric tons of plastic pollution floating in our oceans and over 5,000 items of litter on every mile of the UK’s coast the time to act is now to reduce and wash away our collective ‘plastic footprint’ from our beaches.

Simply grabbing a pair of gloves and heading down to your nearest beach clean unites us in taking simple, positive steps towards a plastic free coastline.

…My hope for the future? Is going down to a beach clean and realising there’s nothing to do, no plastic, nothing and all there is to do is sit and look at the sea. You go there and that beach is pristine. That’s the little dream, the end goal. And there’s lots of ways we can do it”.

— Steve Crawford, SAS Rep for Scarborough and veteran of 30 years of SAS beach cleans!

Beyond the Beach Clean – Brand Audit

Almost a decade ago, we pioneered the Plastic Pollution Audit at our beaches to identify which plastics were washing up on our tidelines. This year we are conducting the research again to map and monitor plastics, and signpost where urgent action needs to be taken to reduce plastic pollution.

Beach Cleans are just the start and whilst fantastically successful, we have to work at all levels to ensure plastic doesn’t end up on the beaches in the first place.

Big Spring Clean 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 partner with the Iceland Foods Charitable Foundation and Hydro Flask on the Big Spring Beach Clean Summit to Sea as well as Community Partners; Surfing England, British Canoeing, Canoe Foundation, The Wave Project and the Outdoor Swimming Society.