Turn the Tide Portishead


Our Mission is to tackle marine pollution through regular beach cleans and projects which focus on reducing single use plastic, reduce litter and improve the environment for everyone in Portishead.

We normally organise one beach clean per month, on either a Saturday or Sunday. Due to Covid we are now running Portishead Big Cleans once per month instead. A  good way to keep active and help the environment.

You can take part in your own time, and due to covid, you must only get together in your household groups. Many report they’re a great family exercise but highly educational too. We have various games such as litter picking bingo and litter letters for you to take part in too.

The concept is simple, as a household you litter pick your local street, beach or park on your daily exercise walk. You take some photographs if possible, and you report back to us which area you’ve cleaned and how much rubbish you’ve found. We tally it all together, with lots of lovely photos and as a community, we make a big difference to Portishead. Super feel good, and surprisingly fun. Come and give it a go! At the end of our events we try to recycle as much of the litter as we can.  We take recyclable items to the  recycling centre to achieve this.

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We are a group of passionate volunteers who have joined forces to work towards reducing the plastic pollution of Portishead's beaches and public spaces.  We are dedicated to cleaning up our environment and reducing single use plastics in our community via educating children, young adults and adults groups.

Through Adult groups we hope to spread the awareness of our activities and attract more volunteers.

We have a committee which meets each month to organise our events and events we are involved with in the community. We are a purely voluntary non-profit organisation that is funded by donations from individuals, groups and businesses.

Our Current Projects for 2021 are The Portishead Big Clean (see blog).  Further 2 minute beach clean boards in various locations and improved litter bins at the Marina and around Portishead.  We also hope to get our first Muncher Bin installed, which is a technology bin that crushes the rubbish using solar power and can communicate when it is full so that the emptying process is highly efficient.

We are also supporting Gordano School in the Duke Of Edinburgh Scheme.

Currently our Education programme for Adults and Young People are on hold due to the Covid Restrictions.

Previous Projects

2018  - Launch of the '2min beach clean' board, as seen on Spring Watch and across many UK beaches. Refill Portishead and Final Straw Portishead, the Plastic Free Communities initiative.

You can read more about these on the Projects Page.