Surfers appeal for help with weekend beach clean-up

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St Andrews beaches will be the target of another clean-up campaign next weekend when Surfers Against Sewage (SAS) step up to the plate.

Now SAS, working with the Crown Estate and World Animal Protection (WAP), is aiming to make this autumn’s clean the biggest ever – and it is looking for 3500 volunteers at 150 beaches.

West and East Sands are on the clean-up list and local surfer Steve Balfour is organising the event.

Urged people to joining in, he said: “It would be great to see locals, students, visitors and beach users taking part.

“It is very important to 
look after our amazing beaches.

“Even if you can only give an hour of your time it will make all the difference.”

Steve and his team will be at West Sands on Saturday afternoon and East Sands the next day.

The majority of marine litter consists of plastic items such as drinks bottles, carrier bags, fishing waste and sewage-related debris.

Plastics can take hundreds of years to degrade in the marine environment, haunting marine life,ecosystems and compromising the enjoyment and experiences of coastal visitors everywhere.