Registrations for the Big Beach Clean are now open!
With the end of the bathing season, our Big Beach Clean initiative is returning too and this year it will be running between Friday 20th to Sunday 22nd of September on hundreds of beaches around Ireland.
During the Big Beach Clean, Clean Coasts volunteers are asked to carry out marine litter surveys to quantify the amount and types of litter on Irish beaches. These surveys are aimed at heightening awareness about the issue of marine litter and serve as an indicator of the magnitude of the problem.
This year, over 300 beach cleans took place last year as part of our Big Beach Clean, engaging approximately 8,000 volunteers who removed at least 45 tonnes of marine litter from our coastline, thanks to our incredible volunteers who made an amazing effort over the weekend!
With a record breaking number of registrations and due to incredibly high demand, we are out of free clean-up kits. However, you can still register your beach clean with us or join an existing one.
Cully and Sully and National Spring Clean Join the Big Beach Clean
This year for the Big Beach Clean, we have joined forces with Cully and Sully and An Taisce National Spring Clean.
Cully and Sully supported us in providing our volunteers with the Big Beach Clean kits and are hosting a flagship clean-up on Friday, 20th September at Garryvoe Beach, co. Cork, at 12pm. Volunteers will also be rewarded with a spoon of the Cully and Sully soup.
Cully and Sully commented: “ We really wanted to get involved to help spread the word about this terrific Clean Coasts event. We hope the Big Beach Clean 2019 will get more signs ups, more volunteers and at the end of the day, more marine litter out of our shores and sea. Last year volunteers gathered the equivalent weight of over 6 african elephants. That is such a direct action on marine litter!”
National Spring Clean added: “We are delighted to be involved in with the Big Beach Clean this year. We are asking our volunteers to help prevent litter entering our waterways and seas by holding a clean up no matter where they are in the country and tackling the problem at source.”
Get a chance to win €1,000 bursary
This year, for the Big Beach Clean, we have teamed up with Cully & Sully, who have supported us in providing volunteers around Ireland with extra beach clean-up kits.
Cully & Sully are now giving groups that have registered their clean-up the possibility to enter a giveaway to win a €1,000 bursary to be spent on equipment to facilitate the winning Clean Coast Groups beach/waterway clean up.
To enter your Clean Coasts Group for the €1,000 prize:
1) Take a photo or video of your Big Beach Clean 2019.
2) Upload the content to Facebook, Twitter or Instagram. Be sure to tag @CullyandSullly and use the hashtag #BIGBEACHCLEAN2019 when posting your entry (otherwise we won’t be able to see it).
3) Cully & Sully will be reviewing all the entries on the 30/09/19 so be sure to enter before this date.
Find T&C at the link below.
Marine Litter Data Collection Card
During the Big Beach Clean, Clean Coasts volunteers are asked to be part of an excellent round the world citizen science data collection project and to carry out marine litter surveys to quantify the amount and types of litter on Irish beaches. These surveys are aimed at heightening awareness about the issue of marine litter and serve as an indicator of the magnitude of the problem. We also encouraged our groups to use the Clean Swell App by Ocean Conservancy.
This year, we are kicking off the Big beach Clean with a special event on Garryvoe Beach, in Cork, where will be collecting information about marine litter. For more info, keep an eye on this page.
We hope everyone enjoys being part of the movement for litter free seas, and the world’s largest coastal cleanup event and marine litter survey!
Find out where clean-ups are happening
Over 280 clean-ups are taking place all across Ireland for the Big Beach Clean 2019!
Join the Social Media Conversation
Want to help us spread the world about the Big Beach Clean? Then join the conversation on our social media. Share you pictures using the hashtags #BigBeachClean2019 and #CleanCoasts and tag us:
On Instagram: @CleanCoasts
On Twitter: @CleanCoasts
On Facebook: @CleanCoasts
We’ll keep sharing all your best shots and stories to inspire other people to do something to protect our beautiful coastline!