- 22 December 2009 | Environment
Today Surfers Against Sewage (SAS) campaigners have sent identifiable marine litter back to the manufacture wrapped in Christmas wrapping paper as part of the award winning Return To Offender campaign. These rubbish presents were found on beaches around the UK.
The Return To Offender campaign acknowledges that these manufacturers didn’t drop the litter on beaches themselves, but urges manufactures to improve their anti littering message, reduce their packaging, invest in low impact packaging and support grass roots anti-litter campaigns.
SAS supporters all around the UK can actively participant in the Return To Offender campaign.Simply downloading the Return To Offender letter from www.sas.org.uk sign it and send it to the manufacturers with their litter found on our beaches.
Our beaches are the perfect and extremely popular environment for a family walk over the Christmas period. A beach walk or even a surf offers a great excuse to get out of the house and work off some of the Christmas time over indulgence we so often enjoy.
On all of our beaches we can find marine litter. The majority of marine litter is plastic and the 2008 Beachwatch survey suggest that there is 1 piece of marine litter ever 40 cms of beach.
The plethora of plastics and other litter on our beaches is not only an eyesore, but also a persistent and long-lasting danger to surfers, beach users, recreational water sports enthusiasts, and the wildlife and habitats all around the UK's coastline.
SAS Campaign Manager, Andy Cummins says: “Ho ho how many pieces of marine litter can be found on our beaches? Countless. We can all help send a Christmas Return To Offender message to these companies who’s products litter our beaches and urge them to reduce their impact on our beaches. These polluters deserve a rubbish present this Christmas.”