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19/09/2021

Clean up of beaches in Louth kicks off this weekend

Clean up of beaches in Louth kicks off this weekend

The Big Beach Clean 2021 is spearheaded by the charity Clear Coasts

After a break in 2020, 15 volunteer groups have signed up for Clean Coasts’ Big Beach Clean 2021 and are ready to tackle litter in County Louth.

Over 400 volunteers will help to tackle marine litter in County Louth from 17th to 19th September.

People wishing to register for the Big Beach Clean at Templetown beach this Saturday September 18th can do so on  https://www. eventbrite.ie/e/big-beach- clean-2021-templetown-beach- tickets-167460180909 

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. 

Clean Coasts, supported by Cully and Sully, will provide volunteers with clean up kits. 

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 400 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.

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.

A map of clean-ups organised by volunteers is available on our website. For more information visit www.cleancoasts/org.

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