In 2018 Surfers Against Sewage organised 15,000 volunteers to partake in its biggest Autumn Beach and River Clean. Volunteers will go to work on over 400 beaches and 60 rivers across the UK including riverside green areas and neighbourhoods in London in an attempt to tackle plastic pollution before it gets into the sea and onto our coastlines.
DLD College London decided to take part in this campaign and last Saturday student volunteers hosted a litter picking event in Lower Marsh and Waterloo Millennium Park. Also supporting the event were London’s Royal Docks Learning and Activity Centre who provided the equipment to the students for the clean up.
DLD College London is committed to helping improve the lives of all those that share the same community space as the college, and this year the Student Council set up a Community Projects Group led by two A-Level students Cody O’Connor and Sofia Papadhopuli with support from Director of Studies Gareth Evans. The clean up event was the inaugral group event and there are plenty more exciting plans for the year in the pipeline.
Surfers Against Sewage launched in 2011 and their annual Autumn Beach and River Clean Up has involved more than 28,000 volunteers and have removed 80,000kg of marine plastic pollution – the equivalent of 19,500 bin bags) at 932 Autumn Beach Clean Events. Surfers Against Sewage believe this year is more important than ever as the UK Government is planning to introduce a Deposit Return Scheme – a scheme where plastic drinks bottles and cans bare recycled in order to create a circular economy. A similar scheme has been hugely successful in Norway and parts of the US and has been the result of lots of campaigning by Surfers Against Sewage and others.
SAS is a national marine conservation and campaigning charity that inspires, unites and empowers communities to take action to protect oceans, beaches, waves and wildlife.
DLD College London is part of the Abbey DLD Group of Colleges.