BSAC is partnering with Surfers Against Sewage to bring to you the Million Mile Clean.

The new campaign, led by Surfers Against Sewage, aims to encourage 100,000 volunteers to get outside and explore 10 miles while litter picking over the year in 2021.

100,000 volunteers x 10 miles each = 1 million miles cleaned

Created in response to the pandemic, the campaign will connect everyone’s collective beach, street, river, mountain - and now underwater - cleaning action. BSAC is working with Surfers Against Sewage so the campaign can extend to underwater litter collection. It will be the biggest and most impactful cleanup event ever!

Research shows [1]:

  • Over half of Brits (54%) think Covid-19 has led to an increase in plastic pollution
  • 69% of litter collected during beach cleans in 2020 was PPE [2]
  • Almost two-thirds (59%) have seen more waste in their area over the last 12 months
  • 51% say they see more plastic on UK beaches than wildlife
  • 41% Brits feel their mental health has deteriorated as a result of lockdown

[1] The survey of 2,000 British adults was conducted by Opinium between 9 March – 13 March 2021 and balanced demographically by age, region and gender.
[2] Marine Conservation Society, Source to Sea Litter Quest 2020

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Clubs, Centres and members - get involved!

We are calling on clubs, centres and members to sign up, get involved and organise or take part in underwater and/or beach cleans in 2021.

For those of you unable to return to the water for now, or for non-diving members, the clean-up action doesn’t have to take place underwater, you could organise a land-based clean or join a clean-up event near you. 

When organising litter picks, please remember to comply with Covid-19 safety guidelines and organisers should implement the guidance for organised events.

To set up an underwater litter pick or beach clean (or for more info), visit the Surfers Against Sewage website.

If you like, you can track your cleans via the 'Surfers Against Sewage: Million Mile Clean' Strava club.

Registering an underwater litter pick or beach clean

  1. To set up an underwater litter pick or beach clean (or for more info), visit the Surfers Against Sewage website.
  2. Please include in the notes section when you sign up that the event is a 'private BSAC underwater litter pick'. This will ensure the event remains open to divers within your club and assists with dive planning and management.
  3. Utilise BSAC guidance on litter pick planning and safety when organising your litter pick.
  4. Keep us posted! Remember to submit your results and use the hashtags #MillionMileClean and #BSACdivers when posting on social media. If you would like to share your pictures, videos or litter picking stories with us directly please email debbiep@bsac.com, we’d love to hear from you.

BSAC support

If you have any questions for BSAC on this campaign, please get in touch at debbiep@bsac.com. You may find the following resources useful for organising your underwater litter picks.

 

Organise an underwater litter pick

BSAC has guidance on the planning and execution of underwater litter picks, as well as a safety guide, to help you organise your own event.

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