Big Spring Beach Clean

27th February, 2018

Surfers Against Sewage (SAS) are calling for beach clean leaders and volunteers to make 2018 the biggest Big Spring Beach Clean ever.

The Big Spring Beach Clean is an annual event which has grown to become one of the biggest gatherings of environmental volunteers in the world, removing millions of pieces of plastic from the marine environment. This year, not only are volunteers required to donate time to tackle beach pollution, but also to document and report avoidable plastics.

Volunteers are being asked to flood social media with images of single-use plastics like cutlery, straws and stirrers, plastic drinks bottles, coffee cups and condiment sachets that are found on the tideline using the hashtags #avoidableplastics and #plasticfreecoastlines. This evidence will be used to support upstream solutions to preventing plastic waste as the Government considers taxing avoidable and single-use plastics.

“We know that up to 13 million tonnes of plastic enter our oceans every year and that millions of animals are dying because of this,” says Surfers Against Sewage Head of Community and Engagement, Dom Ferris. “We know that plastic is literally suffocating our oceans. Yet, despite this, there is hope and nowhere can that be better felt than on our beaches each spring amongst the tens of thousands of people who have donated their precious time to protect what they love. Today we’re calling for people to lead their communities once again by registering their favourite beaches for a Big Spring Beach Clean!”


This year’s Big Spring Beach Clean takes place from Saturday 7th April for a week until Sunday 15th April. Register your favourite beach or waterway with SAS by emailing

To find your nearest Big Spring Beach Clean event head to the SAS ‘Regions and Events’ page or email