Big Spring Beach Clean

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

Taking place between the 7th and the 15th 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 74,500 of you have joined us at over 1,775 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 Jack on beachcleans@sas.org.uk.

74,531 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

1,775

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 Environment Agency, 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. .

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 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 Environment Agency to on the Big Spring Beach Clean 2018, as they focus on innovative solutions to tackle single-use plastic pollution in the wider environment.

The Environment Agency recently announced £750,000 for a new, dedicated team to tackle plastics pollution in the South West of England. This pioneer project will see the creation of a new Plastics and Sustainability team that will be working across Devon and Cornwall with businesses, local councils, charities and community action groups, such as Surfers Against Sewage and the Bude Cleaner Seas Project. The team will aim to reduce the amount of plastic pollution across land, rivers and the coastline. It will promote better environmental practices across industry, including a reduction in plastic waste from manufacturing, along with community campaigns to clean up pollution locally, beginning with SAS’s Big Spring Beach Clean.

 We share the same passion as Surfers Against Sewage for removing plastic that has been allowed to enter our precious environment and by working together we will maximise this opportunity to make a massive difference. We are thrilled to be part of the Big Spring Beach Clean working with so many great people to remove as much plastic from our beaches as possible for people and wildlife.”

Environment Agency Area Director, Richard Stockdale