The Surfers Against Sewage (SAS) Autumn Beach Clean is scheduled for Sunday 29th October at 12:00 noon. The clean is promoted as a campaign to battle against winter’s plastic pollution storms.
So far this year SAS have hosted 615 beach cleans attended by over 17,000 volunteers removing over 33 thousand kilograms of rubbish. The autumn cleans take place during the last week of October. The SAS said: ‘It brings those of us who use our beaches year-round together; uniting, inspiring and empowering hundreds of coastal communities to take action to remove and recycle many tonnes of marine plastic pollution as we seek to create plastic free coastlines.'
In recent years initiatives such as this have been drumming up more and more support as people become aware of the dangers plastic in our oceans. Statistics from Plasticoceans.org show that more than eight million tons of plastic are dumped into our oceans every year, and that over the last ten years we have produced more plastic than during the whole of last century.
Broadcaster Sir David Attenborough has also spoken out regarding action on plastics after the filming of his new BBC TV series, Blue Planet 2. Speaking at the launch of the show he said that action on plastics should be taken immediately and that humanity held the future of the planet in the palm of its hands.
Pubs are also calling on wasteful plastic drinking straws in another bid to reduce plastic pollution from our seas. Campaigners say that the straws can take centuries to decompose. Popular chain JD Weatherspoon is the latest pub to stop automatically putting straws in drinks, and they are introducing paper straws in 900 pubs by the end of the year.
The SAS have not yet met their 2017 target for beach cleans but with the autumn cleans about to start this could soon change.