Communities across Scotland are being invited to take part in the Big Spring Beach Clean 2016.
The scheme is being organised by Surfers Against Sewage in association with Parley for the Oceans and Klean Kanteen.
Storm Imogen recently swept through the UK, battering the coastline with gale force winds and colossal waves; dumping tonnes of marine litter along the coastline.
Marine litter is now one of the biggest threats to the health and sustainability of our marine ecosystem. A recent report predicts there will be more plastic than fish in the sea by 2050. Every day approximately eight million pieces of marine litter find their way into our oceans causing the death of one million sea birds and 100,000 marine mammals annually.
Community beach cleans play a vital part in tackling the marine litter crisis with recent research demonstrating that removing plastic waste along our coastline is the most effective clean-up method.
Plastic waste collected or intercepted along the coastline is now also being viewed as a vital resource that society can’t afford to waste.
The Big Spring Beach Clean is the biggest single community beach clean effort in the UK, uniting 7000 grassroots volunteers to tackle the marine litter crisis in over 200 locations across Scotland, England, Wales and Northern Ireland.
Surfers Against Sewage is now calling for community volunteers to join the Big Spring Beach Clean team. Register your beach today by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org and for a list of registered cleans in your area, visit the events page on www.sas.org.uk
SAS is thrilled to be working closely with partners Parley for the Oceans and their global collaborator network to ensure that as much of the plastics collected as possible at the Big Spring Beach Clean are diverted away from landfill and upcycled into new products.