International Coastal Cleanup Day

International Coastal Cleanup Day

Engaging people to remove trash from the world’s beaches and waterways

Harnessing the Power of People to Fight Ocean Trash

The International Coastal Cleanup began more than 30 years ago, when communities rallied together with the common goal of collecting and documenting the trash littering their coastline. The movement was catalyzed by the passion and spirit of two committed individuals. Back in 1986, Linda Maraniss moved to Texas from Washington, DC, where she had been working for Ocean Conservancy. She’d been inspired by the work her Ocean Conservancy colleague Kathy O’Hara was doing on a groundbreaking report called Plastics in the Ocean: More than a Litter Problem that would be published the next year.

Linda and Kathy reached out to the Texas General Land Office, local businesses and other dedicated ocean-lovers, and planned what would become Ocean Conservancy’s first Cleanup. They asked volunteers to go beyond picking up trash and record each item collected on a standardized data card in order to identify ways to eliminate ocean trash in the future.

The Cleanup has grown immensely in the 30 years since Linda and Kathy’s first Cleanup. Volunteers from states and territories throughout the U.S. and more than 100 countries come together each year and participate in a Cleanup event near them.

Volunteer Now: We hope we’ll see you at the next International Coastal Cleanup!

Make a Difference Year-Round
Download our Clean Swell app and document the trash you collect around the clock or start your own Cleanup at a beach near you.

Host
Ocean Conservancy
http://www.oceanconservancy.org

 

    

Share

LikeFollow

Want to promote your outdoor event or activity?!

Let us know by Submitting your Event.
Resources to help you plan and run an amazing event: Managing Your Event

Discover Queensland

Explore all of Queensland’s adventures.

Start Exploring

What's On

Sep

22

Challenge Low Ropes

Fancy doing some rope work this year?
Read more

Sep

22

Bushwalking Intermediate Short Course

Fancy taking your bushwalking experience to the next level?
Read more

Sep

23

Lake Manchester Trails Race

A fun day out for families and serious runners!
Read more

Latest News

Active Recreation Strategy Survey

A 3 Question Survey to help develop the Queensland Active Recreation Strategy

Read more
How a free pass to a climbing gym changed Monique's life

She thought she’d give it a go, and loved it straight away.

Read more
Increased demand on emergency services

Climate change report warns of increased demand on emergency services in Queensland

Read more

Become a member

QORF welcomes applications for new Community and Green Circle Members from organisations and individuals involved in the outdoors

Learn More