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Cornwall's Record Breaking Big Spring Beach Clean

21st April 2016

This week as seen two thousand volunteers work on a record breaking Big Spring Beach Clean.

Eight thousand tonnes of marine litter has been removed from the Duchy's coastline as part of the Surfers Against Sewage campaign.

Two tonnes was lifted from Perranporth alone, where 285 volunteers sifted through plastics, netting and other rubbish to clear the beach.

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Across the UK 8,000 beach clean volunteers removed 35 tonnes of marine litter from some of the nation's favourite beaches, recycling 10 tonnes of marine plastics in the process.

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A Surfers Against Sewage spokesperson said: "Surfers Against Sewage's Big Spring Beach Clean is now the single biggest week of community-led beach clean activity in the UK. The removal of 35 tonnes of marine litter, the majority of which was plastic, makes an immediate and tangible difference to the health of our marine environment with every piece of litter removed no longer posing a threat to marine wildlife and the aesthetic beauty of our beaches.

"Until now the vast majority of the plastic collected at all beach cleans went straight to landfill, a fact that beach clean volunteers found hugely upsetting and frustrating when so much of it could have been recycled. It was this feeling that led SAS to join forces with Parley for the Oceans to commit to recycling as much of the plastics collected during the Big Spring Beach Clean as possible.

"Recognising the need to begin viewing the immense amounts of plastics in our oceans as a resource rather than waste, Surfers Against Sewage is delighted to say that volunteers filled 35 bespoke 1-tonnes sacks with plastics, which will be recycled as part of SAS's growing efforts to recycle plastics through innovative circular economy projects, including Parley For The Ocean A.I.R Strategy. Surfers Against Sewage is also working on an increasing number of campaigns to stop the flow of plastics into our oceans, capturing them before they can cause harm to oceans. Waves, beaches and wildlife."

Hugo Tagholm, Chief Executive of Surfers Against Sewage said: "Surfers Against Sewage is delighted to be collaborating with Parley For the Oceans, and engaging communities with projects to stop the flow of plastic into our seas. The single-use plastic vandalism of our coastlines has to stop and plastics valued as a resource we can't afford to let accumulate in the marine environment."

Cyrill Gutsch, Founder of Parley for the Oceans said: "Current plastic is a design failure. It needs to go. But this can't happen overnight. We need to avoid plastic wherever we can, stop producing more of it, and retrieve and revive what has already ended up in nature. But to solve the problem for good, we have to invent a new material. Collaboration is the magic formula, because nobody can solve this complex problem alone. With Surfers Against Sewage, we found the impactful partner we need. Together we can turn this around."


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