Clean Coasts’ Big Beach Clean is taking place on the weekend of the 15th, 16th & 17th of September all over Ireland. Clean Coasts is once again teaming up with the Ocean Conservancy for the International Coastal Cleanup event. Last year, 789,138 volunteers in more than 100 countries collected nearly 20.5 million pounds (or 9.3 million kilograms) of marine litter during last year’s International Coastal Cleanup event. As in previous years, cigarette butts—which contain plastic filters—topped the list at approximately 2.4 million collected; with food wrappers (1.7 million), plastic beverage bottles (1.6 million), plastic bottle caps (1.1 million), and plastic grocery bags (757,523) rounding out the top five.
In 2018 we wish to continue the growth and success of Big Beach Clean, by both increasing the number of beach cleans along the Irish coastline and increasing the amount of marine litter data collection. As with previous years all beach clean packs will contain marine litter data collection cards. This year we will also be encouraging our groups to use the Clean Swell App by Ocean Conservancy and will add a marine data portal to the Clean Coasts website to make it easier for volunteers to submit data collected on their beach cleans.
This year hundreds of employees from Coca-Cola and Centra will be kicking of the Big Beach Clean effort as they take part in beach cleans in various regions of the country. For more information on these events and how you can get involved with these events, see here.
We hope everyone will enjoy being part of the movement for litter free seas, and the world’s largest coastal cleanup event and marine litter survey.
To register for the Clean Coast Big Beach Clean please click HERE