Army of volunteers set for big clean-up of South Shields coastline

About 250 beach cleans are to take place in the UK this autumn.
About 250 beach cleans are to take place in the UK this autumn.

Seaside lovers are being urged to help rid the South Shields coastline of marine litter later this month.

Surfers Against Sewage (SAS) have arranged a clean-up of more than 250 beaches this autumn, including Sandhaven,

Let’s recognise this effort and join them in protecting our beautiful beaches

Dom Ferris

It is now inviting all coastal enthusiasts to join their local autumn beach clean and give something back to the precious coastal environments.

Dom Ferris, SAS’s projects manager, said: “We are so incredibly proud of our lead volunteers.

“From the Channel Islands to the Isle of Harris and Great Yarmouth to Culmore Point in Northern Ireland, these tireless individuals set a truly inspiring example for us all.

“Let’s recognise this effort and join them in protecting our beautiful beaches.”

The project is being supported by The Crown Estate and Greggs.

The clean-up in South Shields will take place on Sunday, October 30, between 10am and 1pm.

SAS is aiming to end the marine litter crisis, with over 269,000 tonnes of floating plastic in the oceans.

However, it recognises that beach cleans alone can not end the problems, so will call on volunteers to support its new ‘message in a bottle’ campaign by recording and recycling all plastic bottles and cans found at each clean.

According to figures, there are now 250 plastic bottles per kilometre of the UK’s beaches, and together with cans they make up approximately 40% of all litter, by volume.

For more information on the autumn project, and to find out where the other clean-ups are taking place, contact SAS’s beach clean team on beachcleans@sas.org.uk or 01872 553001.