More than 300 volunteers have signed up to date for the Big Beach Clean next month at more than ten locations in County Donegal.
Registration only opened two weeks ago and 5,000 volunteers from all over Ireland have already registered.
Each one will receive free clean-up kits to tackle litter in over 200 different locations.
The Big Beach Clean is an annual call-to-action organised by Clean Coasts.
It calls volunteers from communities all over Ireland to help remove litter from our beautiful coast at the end of the bathing season.
The campaign is part of the International Coastal Cleanup (ICC), operated internationally by Ocean Conservancy.
This year, the initiative will run between 17th-19th September, which is also the same weekend as World Clean-up Day.
Communities and volunteers across the country are invited to register their own clean-ups in any location in Ireland, no matter how far from the coast.
Alternatively, Clean Coasts will be facilitating a number of clean-ups in several counties, for people who wish to join them.
Places will be limited, so make sure you check the calendar of events and register your interest through Clean Coasts’ website or social media.
The Big Beach Clean 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.
Statistics show that the number one cause of marine litter is litter dropped in towns and cities.
This is why the Big Beach Clean will once more be open to all residents of Ireland, no matter how far from the coast they are based, thanks to the involvement of the National Spring Clean Programme.
Getting involved in the Big Beach Clean is a way for residents of non-coastal counties to help 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.
Finally, Cully and Sully will support the initiative again, by providing registered volunteers with the Big Beach Clean kits.
Register for the Big Beach Clean: https://cleancoasts.org/our-initiatives/big-beach-clean/