the #2minutebeachclean stations

Making it easier for beach goers to pick up marine litter every time they visit the beach

The Beach Clean Stations

The idea of the beach clean station was conceived in Bude in 2014 by Kim Stevens and Deb Rosser as a way of making it easier for everyone to do their bit. ‘We placed our first beach clean station at Crooklets beach in Bude in September 2014. It was funded by Surfdome and Beach Care. Since then we have placed over 200 beach clean stations across the UK and Ireland. The stations are A-boards with a holder for litter pickers and a windproof slot for used plastic bags. They are self supporting and come in our brand colours – or your brand colours.

They are all made to order by our supplier in Barnstaple.

For more information, please get in touch with Dolly on 07506 219439/01237 432260 or 2minutebeachclean@gmail.com

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Have the signs reduced waste on our beaches?

Yes. In the year between October 2014 and the end of September 2015 the amount of litter collected on monthly clean ups at the first pilot location at Crooklets beach in Bude was reduced by 61% compared with the same period in the year previously. All of our boards have been getting a lot of attention locally and on social media. People love the signs.

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How do I get a beach clean station on my beach?

You will need?

• Insurance in place (we encourage you to insure the board/s yourself but we offer a £5 insurance fee per board if required)

• Permission from the landowner or local council

• A guardian to look after the board (this could be you or a trusted member of the community chosen by you)

• Ensure bins or recycling are nearby (We would never want to be accused of littering so this is important. If there are no bins then we regret we cannot place signs at your location)

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What’s next?

You can buy or sponsor a board.
If you sponsor a board we own the board. If you buy the board, you have full responsibility of it once delivered. You will need to fill out our Beach Clean Network guidelines form. Anyone can own or sponsor a board: individual, a local business, a surf school, a larger organisation or a local council. We can add your logo and also add specific safety notices for your local beach but we do charge an additional artwork fee. If you are passing guardianship to a third party, they must sign the Beach Clean Network ‘Guardian’ guidelines.

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What is a guardian?

Guardians are the heroes of our campaign. They must be able to put the board out and take it back inside each evening. They must assess the weather conditions first and ensure bags and litter pickers are stocked up.It cannot be put out in strong winds. If you own the board you could also be the guardian or for larger organisations and local councils, you could approach a beach cafe, surf school or willing individual who lives near to the beach to be your guardian.

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How can I be a guardian?

Please contact us as occasionally we assign boards to selected guardians where a board donation has been made but it has not yet been placed at a beach location. You will need to sign the Beach Clean Network ‘Guardian’ guidelines.

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Who makes the signs?

The signs are made by a company in Barnstaple for us to their bespoke design. The design took a lot of work to finesse, which is why we don’t licence the building of the signs to anyone else. They put in a lot of time to get it right. Each sign has a chain to stop it from opening and collapsing, a latch to keep it in the right position and can be sandbagged on windy days. We do not franchise out the building of the signs.

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How much do the signs cost?

• Each board costs £330 + VAT.

• Each board costs £330 + VAT.

• Litter pickers are £8 each and we recommend 5 per board but you can buy them direct from a lovely company called Helping hand who will give our customers a discount (this is detailed in our Beach Clean Network guidelines.

• Insurance (if required see above) is £5 to cover the sign by our insurance policy.

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I/we want to donate how does this work?

Thank you! We appreciate all donations. Please contact us directly to arrange payment.

For more information, please get in touch with Dolly on 07506 219439/01237 432260 or 2minutebeachclean@gmail.com

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What do the boards look like?

Download BCN Board Guidelines (Word Doc)

Download Guardian Guidance Notes (Word Doc)