Big Spring Beach Clean

Be part of a truly epic community response to plastic pollution on our beaches

Taking place during the last full week of March each year, the Big Spring Beach Clean (BSBC) is the largest and most impactful volunteer beach cleaning project in the UK. Since 2010 over 39,000 of you have joined us at over 1200 events across the UK.

Hugely impactful, inclusive and above all else loads of fun it is the standard by which all other beach clean projects are measured, thanks to YOU!

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39,231 of you have volunteered at a Big Spring Beach Clean since 2010

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Sign up to our newsletter and we’ll let you know in January when we launch next years’ clean.

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.

You can bring your family, your dog, your friend or just your enthusiasm and become part of the Big Spring Beach Clean family!

Since 2010 we’ve hosted

1,223

Big Spring Beach Cleans across all regions of the UK.

We have removed

152,741kg

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.

One of the most powerful tools in our fight to create plastic free coastlines is optimism and whilst the ‘stats’ highlight the horrific scale of the ocean plastic pollution crisis they also tell a wonderful tale of community activism and fun which brings great hope at a vital time

— Dom Ferris - SAS Head of Community & Engagement

…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

What happens to all the litter we clean up after the beach clean? We’ve built partnerships with pioneering companies and organisations such as Ecover, Parley for the Oceans, Klean Kanteen and World Animal Protection.

Together, we’ve been able to develop mechanisms of collecting plastic pollution to be recycled into new, reusable products. During the 2017 Big Spring Beach Clean alone we collected and recycled over 17,500 plastic bottles from UK coastlines. Many of which we have sent over to Ecover who are right now busy turning them into special Ocean Plastic Bottles ready for the shelves in 2018.

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 which is why we use our APPG to discuss the issue with Governments and decision makers and our Message In A Bottle campaign to lobby for change. We even encourage you to use reusable products in your daily life.

Big Spring Clean 2017 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 were delighted to partner with ecological cleaning company Ecover on Big Spring Beach Clean 17, to work on their pioneering Ocean Plastic washing-up liquid bottle project. This ‘circular ocean economy’ partnership truly enhanced the project and volunteers were inspired by the fact that thousands of the PET plastic bottles they collected will be used in Ecover’s Ocean Plastic bottles from 2018, which will now contain 50% ocean plastic.

We’re delighted to be partnering with Surfers Against Sewage in their campaign to clean up the UK’s beaches. We share the same hairy ambition – to get people to totally rethink how they use plastic. Now in its 4th year, our Ocean Plastic bottle is designed to raise awareness of the impact of plastic on marine life. BSBC 17 was a fantastic start to our 3 year partnership with Surfers Against Sewage But we need to go further and change how we use, re-use and recycle plastic if we’re serious about creating a circular economy and a systematic clean-up of the sea”.

Tom Domen, Head of Innovation at Ecover,