A week ago, on 1st of March, over 80 people gave up their time to help out at The Big SAS Spring Beach Clean. As a result of all those great volunteers and their hard work, 103 bags of litter were collected and Porthtowan was visibly transformed from a beach littered with junk to a relatively clean beach.
All the identifiable marine litter collect was posted in the SAS green postbox as part of the Return To Offender campaign. SAS campaigners will send all of the 207 pieces of identifiable litter collected back to the manufacturer, calling on them to improve their anti littering message, bring in new low impact materials, reduce/reuse/recycle their packaging as well as supporting grass roots beach cleans.
As always, SAS provided all the equipment needed for the beach clean, once again the Blue Bar was generous enough to offer free coffees to all the volunteers and Falmouth Surf School also offered free surf lessons to anyone that joined them from Falmout.
Andy Cummins SAS Campaign Manager says: “To see the beach littered with beach cleaners rather than beach litter was absolutely fantastic. Initially the volumes of litter on the beached shocked everyone involved. This may have spurred the volunteers on as they collected an extraordinary amount of litter from the beach, the majority of which was plastic, a persistence and harmful pollutant. Well done and thank you to everyone involved!”