Clean Coasts’ Big Beach Clean took place on the weekend of the 15th, 16th & 17th of September 2018 all over Ireland. We, once again, teamed up with the Ocean Conservancy for the International Coastal Cleanup event.

This year, the Big Beach Clean weekend in Ireland was the biggest yet:

  • 194 beach cleans took place around the coast of Ireland
  • Engaging 3,652 Clean Coasts volunteers
  • Removing over 32 tonnes of marine litter from our coastline

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.

During the Big Beach Clean, Clean Coasts volunteers were 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 we also encouraged our groups to use the Clean Swell App by Ocean Conservancy. 

Also, hundreds of employees from Coca-Cola and Centra kicked off the Big Beach Clean effort by taking part in beach cleans in various regions of the country. For more information on these events, see here.   

We hope everyone enjoyed being part of the movement for litter free seas, and the world’s largest coastal cleanup event and marine litter survey!

Submit Your Big Beach Clean Data Online!

2018 Big Beach Cleans

All clean-ups registered for Clean Coasts Big Beach Clean appear on the map below. 

Big Beach Clean Data Collection

Submit your data online here or post your data cards to us at The Clean Coasts Programme, An Taisce – Environmental Education Unit, 5a Swifts Alley, Francis Street, Dublin, D08 TN88.

If you experience any issues contact us at or 01 4002210.

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