Big Beach Clean
The Big Beach Clean is Clean Coasts’ annual call to action to remove litter from Irish beach at the end of the bathing season. 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, we were delighted to join Clean Coasts for this great initiative. Did you know that the number one cause of marine litter is litter dropped in towns and cities followed by overflowing litter bins? As evidence has shown that over 70% of plastic pollution effecting our ocean comes from land-based actions, cleaning up cities and towns has a tangible positive effect on our seas and oceans too.
For this reason, we asked volunteers from all over Ireland to get involved, no matter how far from the coast they are based in. By joining the Big Beach Clean initiative, our volunteers helped 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.
In 2019, 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!