Clean Coasts engages communities in the protection of Ireland’s beaches, seas and marine life. The programme is operated by the Environmental Education Unit of An Taisce and is currently funded by the Department of the Environment, Community & Local Government, Fáilte Ireland and Coca-Cola. Clean Coasts is made up of two main elements; Clean Coasts Volunteering and the Green Coast Award.

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The Clean Coasts Programme

What do we do?

  • Promote and facilitate coastal clean-up initiatives and marine litter surveys which result in a tangible and immediate improvement in Ireland’s coastal environment.
    • Clean Coasts organises hundreds of beach clean-ups annually mobilising thousands of volunteers, removing considerable quantities of marine litter from Ireland’s beaches and waterways.
  • Clean Coasts has developed a suite of community engagement initiatives that has led to the expansion of the Clean Coasts programme, including; Coca-Cola Clean Coasts Week, the Big Beach Clean, Love Your Coast Photography Competition, Ocean Hero Awards, Clean Coasts Road Show, Think Before You Flush and the Clean Coasts Corporate Volunteering Programme. We have also joined international campaigns such as Beat the Microbead and #2MinuteBeachClean.