About the Cleanup
Zones & Sites
Results & Photos
I want to participate in year-round cleanups
To be kept informed of news and Year-Round Coastal Cleanups, you can follow us through one of three ways:
- Check the calendar at News from the ICCS blog or for announcements. You can also follow blog by email (see the right sidebar)
- Subscribe to the mailing list (low traffic) by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org or use the form on the home page.
- Follow us on twitter at @coastalcleanup
I want to do more
To find out more about hot to volunteer as a Site Buddy or Site Captain, see coastalcleanup.wordpress.com/volunteer
Advice for Participants
I: What to bring and wear?
II: Be sensible and safe!
- Protect your feet! You must wear hard-soled, covered shoes – absolutely no slippers or sandals!
- Protect yourself from the heat - wear a cap and put on some sun-block lotion (>SPF 15); do this early, before it gets hot!
- Be prepared for rain - pack a poncho, raincoat or umbrella.
- Be hydrated! Bring at least one litre of water; if your site has no facilities, bring two litres!
- Protect yourself from insect bites - apply insect repellent in case of mosquitoes or sandflies before entering the site.
- Wear pants to protect your legs against bites and scratches.
- Being a pen to record data.
- Collect a Data Card and a pair of gloves from your Organiser.
- Bring a camera to record an eventful day!
III: Be Green and sensible!
- Keep your gloves on at all times - when picking up objects and when moving and weighing trash bags – there may be yet be sharp objects within them.
- When there is the threat of lightning, stop work immediately and seek shelter. Your Organiser will monitor this but stay alert and help monitor this.
- Ensure you take sufficient breaks and drink water - more if you are unused to regular physical action.
- Place your feet carefully on the ground - beware of broken glass, fishing hooks, syringes and other sharp objects which may be present on beaches. Fish such as stingrays and catfish have sharp spines.
- Examine items carefully before picking them up - sharp objects can pierce your gloves.
- Do not use your feet to kick or feel objects.
- Avoid entering bushy areas where you cannot see ahead of you; there may be hornets, wasps, snakes or sharp objects!
- If you encounter flying insects, do not wave them off – allow them to fly or move away. Inform your Organiser.
- Avoid handling any marine organism.
- Do not open closed bottles - they may contain a poison.
- Do not handle oil drums. These may contain dangerous liquids or poisonous vapours. Report these to your Organiser for action.
- Take care of your back! Ask for help to lift heavy things, and ensure you keep your back straight and use your to lift objects and. Leave excessively heavy items behind and report those to your Organiser for action.
- Dispose of glass and sharps (e.g. syringes) responsibly - pad them well with numerous empty plastic bottles and dispose these separately in canvas trash bags – workers who transport trash bags later to waste incineration sites must be protected from accidents. Alert your Organiser.
- Leave natural items on the beach such as driftwood, shells and coral, dead fish and crabs, mangrove seeds, branches and seaweed which are part of the ecosystem.
- Don't damage vegetation and avoid stepping on plants and seedlings. These are part of the natural ecosystem and not only hold down the sand to prevent erosion, but also provide wildlife with food and homes.
- Remove excess sand or mud which may be trapped in plastic before disposing an item.
- Recycle used plastic bags to hold trash while you comb the beach. Old bags can be used, rather than use brand new plastic bags.
- Don't litter! You are there to help remove litter, not add more litter!
- Save a bottle. Bring along your own refillable water bottle.