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07 Oct 2022

Volunteers in Carlow set to take part and make a difference for the marine environment

Volunteers in Carlow set to take part and make a difference for the marine environment

World largest coastal clean-up set to take place this weekend, including in over 500 locations in Ireland 

The Big Beach Clean is happening this September 16 to 18 and 12 registered events are taking place in Carlow, with volunteers ready to make a difference for our marine environment.  

Litter dropped in towns and cities often makes its way to our coast and ocean, through waterways or carried by the wind or the rain. By joining this call to action, volunteers in Carlow can do their part to tackle marine litter at its source. 

The Big Beach Clean is an annual call to action as part of the International Coastal Cleanup (ICC), operated internationally by Ocean Conservancy. This year, the Big Beach Clean is sponsored again by Irish business Cully and Sully, who are joining Clean Coasts to host a flagship event in Ardnahinch, County Cork, on September 17.

The Big Beach Clean invites communities and volunteers around the country to remove litter from around the Irish coast after the end of the bathing season.

This initiative is also an opportunity for volunteers to get involved in a worldwide citizen science project, which entails collecting the amount and types of litter on Irish beaches and filling in Clean Coasts’ Marine Litter Data Cards. This will help heighten awareness about the issue of marine litter, serving as an indicator of the magnitude of the problem and help shape future policies and campaigns.   

In 2021, over 400 clean-ups being organised in Ireland, with volunteers removing 42 tonnes on marine litter. 

Since the first International Coastal Cleanup in 1986, over 17 million volunteers have joined local cleanup efforts big and small to remove 158 million kilograms of trash from beaches and waterways around the globe, all the while logging each item and building the world’s largest database on marine debris.  

Data collected from the International Coastal Cleanup have informed policy in a number of areas, leading to laws banning the use of plastic grocery bags; prohibiting smoking-related litter; encouraging the use of reusable bags; prohibiting mass balloon releases; and prohibiting foam food and beverage takeaway containers.   

For this reason, Clean Coasts is delighted to be part of this global movement and want to thank all the volunteers in Ireland who have already registered to dedicate their time to this cause. 

People still wishing to join can do so by visiting the Clean Coasts website and check out the map of clean-up happening in their area. 

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