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Surfers Against Sewage Beach Clean Spring 2018

Beach Clean Spring 2018

Local resident, Colin Derbyshire is committed to marine protection and has organised a beach clean for Spring 2018, working in collaboration with Surfers Against Sewage. The sea is our USP here in Hastings and St Leonards on Sea, so it makes sense to look after shores.

The clean up will take place on 15 April at 11:00 – 13:00. Meet at The Marina Car Park. Find out more, see the map and sign up on the Facebook Page.

Colin, who organises two beach cleans a year as well as doing other activities to protect marine life, says that 2017 was the biggest year for Surfers Against Sewage beach cleans with just under 1,400 beach cleans taking place across the UK, mobilising over 34,700 volunteers and removing 97 tonnes of marine plastic pollution from our coastline.

“We wouldn’t have been able to achieve these successes without your help, support and passion! Sadly, after a winter of storms, our beaches need us again which is why I am organising a beach clean for Surfers Against Sewage’s Big Spring Beach Clean 2018. Join us to beat our record last October of 80 volunteers and 50 bags of marine plastic and more!”



“Plastic pollution has sadly become a dominating feature at beaches around the world,” writes Surfers Against Sewage, “damaging global marine eco-systems and local communities that are reliant on a clean ocean environment.

“However, the marine plastic pollution crisis can no longer be ignored, nor the single-use, throwaway society that drives it. With over a quarter of a billion metric tons of plastic pollution floating in our oceans and over 5,000 items of litter on every mile of the UK’s coast the time to act is now to reduce and wash away our collective ‘plastic footprint’ from our beaches.

“Simply grabbing a pair of gloves and heading down to your nearest beach clean unites us in taking simple, positive steps towards a plastic free coastline.”

Link to Marybeth Haas’s HOT article: Active beach love.

Posted 12:27 Tuesday, Apr 3, 2018 In: Home Ground


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  1. Gill

    If you can’t make this beach clean, the local Marine Conservation Beach Clean group is meeting the day before, 14.00 on the 14th, outside the pier gates, so a different part of the beach. This group meets monthly usually the first Saturday in each month but check out their FB page for more info

    Comment by Gill — Thursday, Apr 5, 2018 @ 09:24

  2. Allan Peterson

    It is good to see that some people care for the future. Everything you buy is packaged in plastic and is totally unnecessary. We all throw the waste package into the bin not knowing where it goes from then on.
    I travel to France and the beers are sold in 25cl glass bottles to transport back to England by the day trippers. What happens to the waste glass? This earth is a wonderful place to be on, we need to look after it.

    Comment by Allan Peterson — Tuesday, Apr 3, 2018 @ 20:45

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