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Posted On: Fri 21 Apr 2017 Posted In: Misc Posted By:

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Here in beautiful Snowdonia we are lucky to live in one of the most stunning regions of the UK, with dramatic landscapes and glorious coastlines. Sadly though, our beaches and coastlines aren’t always treated with the care and attention that they deserve, and the issues of waste, litter, sewage and rubbish is one that affects beaches and coasts across the country.

Surfers Against Sewage is a nationwide charity that works to conserve and protect Britain’s coastlines from threats such as rubbish, global warming and toxic chemicals, in order that the seas and coasts are preserved and protected for today, and future generations. SAS run a variety of campaigns regarding issues affecting our coastal waters but one of their most prominent in recent times is the campaign to reduce the amount of waste and litter that is washed up along Britain’s shorelines.

Alarmingly, over the past 15 years, the amount of marine litter that is washed up on beaches in Britain has almost doubled. Not only is this problem unsightly, but it is also a serious environmental hazard, for both humans and marine wildlife. It is a huge problem, that if not tackled, will continue to blight our coastline, and eventually eat up our beaches.

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The majority of the litter washed up on Britain’s beaches is made of plastic, much of it the excessive “single use” plastic like water bottles, straws, cups and cheap toys. Plastic takes thousands of years to biodegrade, and never truly disappears, so it continues to emit and attract toxins and is a hazard to wildlife. It is even thought that humans are now at risk from plastic particles entering the food chain because the fish in our seas are now guzzling so much plastic and in turn we eat the fish.

SAS believe that “it’s time that we re-wild our tidelines, restoring the natural mix of driftwood, cuttlefish bones and seashells rather than plastic bags, drinks bottles and wet wipes.” In order to start the process, the charity are running big campaigns this summer, asking Britain to be part of a Big Beach Clean where volunteers gather together to help collect some of the litter and unsightly debris that is left along the beaches.

You can find out more about a beach clean that is happening in your area by popping over to the Surfers Against Sewage website ( If there isn’t one happening soon then why not organise your own “mini clean”? Head to the beach with a clean-up toolkit (you’ll need some rubber gloves, a bucket and some recycling bags) and see if you can help a small stretch of our beautiful coastline be plastic-free again!

Did you know….

On average there are 46,000 pieces of plastic floating in every square mile of ocean.

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Surfers Against Sewage do fantastic work to help keep our beaches and coastlines clean and litter free. Read more about the charity and their work on the latest blog.