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Big Spring Beach Clean – Summit to Sea - 6 to 14 April 2019

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Marine charity Surfers Against Sewage inspire, unite and empower communities to protect oceans, beaches, waves and wildlife.  They are organising the biggest EVER Big Spring Beach Clean from 6 to 14 April 2019.

It kicks off on Saturday 6 April and there will be 600 Big Clean events on rivers, mountains and beaches across the UK between this Saturday and Sunday 14 April.  The clean up will take place from the beautiful Orkney to Jersey, and Northern Ireland to East Anglia.  

Everyone will be busy removing waste and collecting data from beaches, riverbanks and – for the first time – mountain tops.  Which is why this year’s Big Spring Clean is called Summit to Sea!

Which brands are the biggest culprits? 

Join up for the day and come along to clean up your local beach, river or mountain top.  You’ll help collect data to find out which brands are the biggest culprits for plastic waste that‘s choking our waters and spoiling the landscape.

Nearly 10 years ago, the charity undertook a Plastic Pollution Brand Survey.  It showed that 56% of all beach pollution was attributable to just 12 corporations, dubbed "The Dirty Dozen".   They included Nestle, Coca Cola, Walkers Snacks / Frito Lays, Kraft, Tesco, Mars, Unilever, PepsiCo, United Biscuits, Carlsberg, Co-Op and Asda.

So this year there's an update of the survey to see what's changed.  This data wil be used to inform the UK Government's current consultation on plastics. 

Get involved and join in!

The aim is to get 30,000 people involved this year, and there’s nothing like getting out there with friendly locals who – like you – want to make a difference.

This spring clean is part of #GenerationSea;  the charity are building a movement to become the voice of the ocean, from our beaches to the corridors of power.

Can you help make this event the biggest Spring Clean ever?

  1. Find your local event
  2. Share it on Facebook and get friends, family, work colleagues etc involved! 

Not in the UK?

Why not join in across the miles and tidy up your neighbourhood anyway?


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