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Autumn Beach Clean Series: Call for 'Lead Volunteers'!

As summer draws to a close, Surfers Against Sewage (SAS) are calling for 200 people, community groups, schools and local businesses across the UK to run their own beach cleans during the week of the 24th – 30th of October. Together these inspiring Autumn Beach Clean Series ‘Lead Volunteers’ provide their coastal community with the opportunity to protect their favourite beaches and to join a growing national movement calling for dramatic action to halt the marine litter crisis.

Set to be the biggest Autumn Beach Clean Series ever, SAS expect over 4500 volunteers to join their local Lead Volunteer to sweep over 15 TONNES of marine litter from 200 beaches across the UK coastline from the 24th – 30th October.

Dom Ferris, SAS’s Projects Manager says: “5 incredible years of the Autumn Beach Clean Series has enabled almost 8500 amazing volunteers to remove over 25 TONNES of marine litter from 333 of our precious beaches, often braving extremely challenging weather. Our incredible Lead Volunteers are the driving force behind this and we can’t wait to welcome even more of them to the SAS family in 2016!”

Gary Thompson, Coastal Manager from The Crown Estate says: “We’re delighted to be supporting Surfers Against Sewage for another year to help protect and enhance our coastal environment, whilst also providing a great day out for people to support their favourite beaches.”

Perranporth & Penhale Group Shot (C) Chris Kevern

Autumn Beach Clean Series Lead Volunteers

SAS provide full event support to all Autumn Beach Clean Series lead volunteers and help them make the most of this opportunity.

Surfers Against Sewage conforms to statutory requirements with regard to employer’s liability and this covers volunteers on beach clean activities. SAS will not promote or endorse an Autumn Beach Clean Series Event until Lead Volunteers provided evidence that they have;
- Completed a pre-event checklist (including a risk assessment and beach manager notification)
- Agreed to follow SAS’s health and safety advice and briefing instructions.
- Organised suitable collection and disposal of the rubbish collected either by liaising with the local council or taking it to the local refuse disposal & recycling site.

Materials provided by SAS to volunteers organising beach cleans:
- SAS Autumn Beach Clean Series – organisers guide
- SAS Autumn Beach Clean Series Posters
- Digital Autumn Beach Clean Series artwork
- Heavy duty gloves
- Degradable bin bags
- SAS marine litter guides

Over 100 of last year’s Lead Volunteers have already registered their Autumn Beach Cleans, so you’ll be joining a highly experienced volunteer army!

To register your beach clean, or if you’d just like a little more information on the Autumn Beach Clean Series, and what it takes to be a Lead Volunteer, drop SAS a line at beachcleans@sas.org.uk or call 01872 553001. Alternatively, please check www.sas.org.uk and the SAS Events Page for more details.

Read the full news release from Surfers Against Sewage here: SAS Autumn Beach Clean Series 16 - Lead Volunteers Call - 30 08 15