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25/08/2015 - Clean Coasts’ Big Beach Clean 2015 – the world’s largest coastal cleanup

 Clean Coasts Big Beach

 

Donegal County Council is delighted to be supporting Clean Coasts’ Big Beach Clean which is taking place on the weekend of September 18, 19 and 20 and is urging members of the public to sign up for a clean up during this Big Beach Clean weekend.

 

Clean Coasts has once again teamed up with the International Ocean Conservancy for the International Coastal Cleanup event. Last year 560,000 volunteers in 91 countries removed 7,257 tonnes of marine litter from the world's oceans.  

 

Each year millions of tonnes of marine litter enter our seas and oceans, resulting in environmental, economic, health and aesthetic challenges.  Clean Coasts are inviting volunteers to join this global coastal clean-up helping remove marine litter from our beautiful coastline and in turn protecting our coastal habitats and marine life.

 

103 clean-ups took place in Ireland during the 2014 Big Beach Clean, involving 1,442 volunteers who removed an amazing 33,442 pieces of litter.

 

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.

 

If you want to do your bit and join this movement towards litter free seas then visit www.cleancoasts.org and register for a cleanup for this year’s Big Beach Clean weekend.

 

Clean Coasts is operated by the Environmental Education Unit of An Taisce and is funded by the Department of the Environment, Community & Local Government, Fáilte Ireland and Coca-Cola.

 

 

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