The Beach Clean 2021 is kicking off this weekend in Tipperary

After a break in 2020, over 100 volunteers have signed up for Clean Coasts’ Big Beach Clean 2021 and are ready to tackle marine litter at its source in County Tipperary. The event will be launched on Friday 17th of September and will run until the 19th of September, the same weekend as International Coastal Cleanup.
The Beach Clean 2021 is kicking off this weekend in Tipperary

The Big Beach Clean is an annual call-to-action organized by Clean Coasts that calls volunteers from communities all over Ireland getting involved to remove litter from our beautiful coast at the end of the bathing season, as part of the International Coastal Clean-up (ICC), operated internationally by Ocean Conservancy.

The initiative is also an opportunity for the over 100 registered volunteers to get involved in a worldwide citizen science project, which will entail collecting the amount and types of litter on Irish beaches and filling in Clean Coasts’ Marine Litter Data Cards that will help heighten awareness about the issue of marine litter serving as an indicator of the magnitude of the problem.

This year will see the involvement of the National Spring Clean programme once again with registrations having been open nationwide to all residents of Ireland, no matter how far from the coast they are based. Statistics have shown that over 70% of plastic pollution affecting our ocean comes from land-based actions. For this reason, Clean Coasts have asked volunteers to help prevent litter from entering our waterways and seas by holding a clean-up no matter where they are in the country and tackling the problem at the source.

Finally, Clean Coasts will once again be supported by Cully & Sully, who will provide registered volunteers with Big Beach Clean kits. Cully and Sully will also be giving away 10 of their exclusive swim robes to clean up participants. To be in with a chance to win, all you have to do is share a photo or video of your Big Beach Clean on social media, use the hashtag #BigBeachClean21 and tag @CleanCoasts and @CullyandSully in the post. Finally, Cully and Sully will also be hosting a Big Beach Clean event in Schull, West Cork on Friday, the 17th of September for volunteers in the area.

Founder Cullen Allen (Cully) said, “Cully & Sully are proud to be partners with the Big Beach Clean again for 2021. The work carried out by the teams across the Island of Ireland is amazing and unfortunately very much needed during these times. We all use our local beaches and have spent time on many of the beautiful beaches and waterways across Ireland and are so thankful for the work that the groups and organisations do.”

Clean Coasts would like to thank the over 6,500 volunteers who signed up for this call to action nationwide for their commitment and effort.

For more information visit www.cleancoasts/org.


About Clean Coasts:

Clean Coasts is a charity programme, run through the Environmental Education Unit of An Taisce, which engages communities in the protection of Ireland’s beaches, seas and marine life. Clean Coasts works with communities to help protect and care for Ireland’s waterways, coastline, seas, ocean and marine life. Clean Coasts thrives to create tangible and immediate improvements to Ireland’s coastal environment, involving thousands of volunteers removing large quantities of marine litter from our coastline each year.

Clean Coasts has grown over the years and now includes two main national clean-up drives. Other initiatives include the Green Coast Award, the Love Your Coast Photography competition, the Clean Coasts Roadshows for coastal communities and the Ocean Hero Awards. All these initiatives are aimed at celebrating the beauty of our coast and the efforts of our volunteers across all of Ireland.

Currently, there are over 1400 registered Clean Coasts volunteering groups. There are a variety of group types such as community groups, residents’ associations, tidy towns groups, sports clubs, schools, businesses, universities etc. Clean Coasts organises hundreds of beach clean-ups annually mobilising thousands of volunteers, removing considerable quantities of marine litter from Ireland’s beaches and waterways. Our volunteering has expanded to also include Corporate Volunteering.


If you can’t join us this September for our Big Beach Clean, please remember personal action is very important. Everyday choices matter to the future of our ocean. Here’s our Clean Coasts top tips for helping out the ocean that we all can do:

  • When visiting the beach or park, do a quick #2minutebeachclean or #2minutestreetclean: spend two minutes before you leave the beach picking up a bit of rubbish to leave.
  • Choose to refuse single-use plastic. Check out our social media for tips and inspiration.
  • If you can’t reduce or reuse, recycle; know where and how to recycle all types of waste.
  • Never litter! Always dispose of your waste properly and if a bin is overflowing, hold onto your rubbish until you can dispose of it properly
  • Even cigarette butts contain plastic (cellulose acetate in their filter) that never biodegrades. Bin them!
  • Avoid cosmetics that contain micro-plastic beads. For more information see here
  • Remember to ‘Think Before You Flush’, sanitary waste is very harmful to marine life, put a bin in your bathroom and only flush the 3 P’s, (Paper, Pee, Poo)

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