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Million Mile Clean Flagship Week: 2– 10 of October

More paddlers are being called upon to help in the final push to reach the Million Mile Clean. Join us in the fight against pollution from the 2 - 10 October. 

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Earlier this year, Surfer’s Against Sewage (SAS) launched The Million Mile Clean campaign. Aiming to empower and inspire 100,000 volunteers to clean 10 miles of blue or green space throughout the UK during 2021. The campaign has been SAS’s most successful community campaign to date and has fast become much more than a campaign.

Created in direct response to the pandemic, the Million Mile Clean reflects and celebrates a national mood of hope and optimism as the country is emerging from a long pandemic. Now more than ever, it is crucial for us all to reconnect with the outdoors and the Million Mile Clean provides an opportunity for you to prioritise your health whilst also creating a positive impact on your environment. 

The campaign has grown from strength to strength and, as of early September has mobilised 90,948 volunteers to cover over 920,000 miles removing 218,275.2kg of plastic and packaging pollution at 2,756 cleans. Thank you to all the amazing volunteers joining the movement!

The Million Mile Clean is not just about beach cleans - and an incredible number of paddlers have taken to their local rivers to stop the plastic flow before it reaches the sea. Thanks to our brilliant British Canoeing paddlers, over 550 river cleans have taken place, mobilising a staggering 18,000 paddlers.

Garance Dalverny, Community and Events administrator at Surfers Against Sewage said: 

“It is amazing to see how involved with the campaign the paddling community has been with thousands of volunteers taking action. This shows people are aware of the positive impact they can have on the ocean through a simple action like River Cleaning to stop the plastic pollution before it reaches the sea”.

Now in September, we are only 80,000 miles short of reaching our target. But we need your help! The final push to reach our target will take place over the week of the 2 – 10 October during the Million Mile Week and we are calling for more river cleans and more paddlers to get involved.

Join our flagship week and the biggest community movement by heading to the Surfers Against Sewage website and registering a clean in your area.