Autumn Beach Clean Up 2019

Volunteers are being called to action as one leading UK marine charity launches a series of beach cleans this autumn.

The Autumn Beach Clean event, which is being held from 19-27 October and has been running annually since 2011, is part of a movement by national charity Surfers Against Sewage (SAS) to protect coastlines, create cleaner oceans and clean up inland areas.

It sees thousands of volunteers rallying their community every year to remove things like plastic pollution for a cleaner, safer environment – whether it’s a beach, river, street or mountain.


Over the last few years, the Autumn Beach Clean has seen 1,419 cleans organised, mobilising 50,033 volunteers to clear 114,341kg of plastic pollution from beaches and rivers across the UK to date.

This year, organisers hope the event will be bigger than ever before.

SAS is now calling for Clean Leaders to answer the call and volunteer to lead their communities. Click here or email to receive a step-by-step guide and all of the equipment needed to organise cleans free of charge, and receive day-to-day support from the Beach Cleans Team.


Thanks to the huge number of volunteers, SAS was able to collect hundreds of data sets as part of a highly successful recent brand audit, which analysed 49,400 pieces of plastic pollution (of which 20,045 were branded).

This, in turn, allowed SAS to submit vital evidence into a number of governmental consultations, including the Extended Producer Responsibilities and the Deposit Return Scheme – which will soon see consumers pay a small fee when buying drinks in plastic bottles or cans that is reimbursed when they return the container.

Now, to continue this vital work, organisers are hoping to reach 500 cleans for the autumn series, with the help of 20,000 volunteers collecting 30,000kg of pollution – the highest target so far.


This autumn will also see a continuation of the Summit To Sea initiative, which is encouraging people from non-ocean areas to get involved – whether that’s by getting out into nature to do river and mountain cleans or cleaning up urban environments by removing pollution from the streets.

‘While beach cleans alone will never be the answer to plastic pollution, they are an incredible showing of community spirit and serve to educate and raise awareness on a mass scale. In short, they are the gateway to environmentalism. Every piece of plastic volunteers remove is also a victory for our beaches. Each piece of plastic also provides evidence to support our campaigns calling for packaging and business reform.”
‘It is always inspiring too see how our communities mobilise around our nationwide beach and river clean events, engaging more and more people each year and truly becoming a force for good for our ocean’
SAS’s community manager


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08 Aug 2019