International Coastal Cleanup®

Ready to #SeaTheChange and organize your own cleanup?

Harnessing the Power of People to Fight Ocean Trash

In partnership with volunteer organizations and individuals around the globe, the International Coastal Cleanup® (ICC) engages people to remove trash from the world’s beaches and waterways. Thanks to millions of volunteers around the world, the ICC has become a beacon of hope, leading and inspiring action in support of our ocean. Since ...

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Harnessing the Power of People to Fight Ocean Trash

In partnership with volunteer organizations and individuals around the globe, ...

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Join the communities already benefitting from starting a International Coastal Cleanup®

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There is no funding available for this idea in Canada, but these resources will still help to make your project happen!

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What I have learned from the Cleanup experience is that even though the Cleanup started in Texas with a small number of 2,800 volunteers… it has grown into a massive cleanup that involves both national and international volunteers all pitching in ...

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International Coastal Cleanup®
Renee Tuggle - Texas State Coordinator

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    Complete a 30 Day Challenge

    Complete simple steps in 30 days to get your project off the ground.

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    Activate your project

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    Share impact

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Great for

  • someone who is passionate about looking after the environment
  • someone who wants to take local action in their own context
  • someone who wants to lead community cleanup initiatives

International Coastal Cleanup® project essentials

5 Step Guide

  • Pick a Location & Contact your Crew
  • Gather Supplies & Plan Ahead
  • On the day
  • After the clean up
  • Stay an ocean advocate

Time

Suggested: It's really up to what you have! Planning your cleanup will take a few hours; hosting your cleanup will take another few hours. You can host them as frequently as you'd like to!

Resources

More information on how to get started and any resources shared by the International Coastal Cleanup®

9 International Coastal Cleanup® projects have already been started

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Meet the Social Innovator

Every year during Ocean Conservancy’s International Coastal Cleanup™, hundreds of thousands of volunteers comb lakes, rivers and beaches around the world for trash. Over the course of nearly three decades, more than 9 million volunteers have collected nearly 164 million pounds of trash.

But our ocean needs help more than once a year, and you can take a lead role on the front line of one of the world’s most preventable problems by doing your own beach or waterway cleanup.

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