The Biggest of the Big Beach Cleans Kicks Off

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Clean Coasts’ Big Beach Clean 2019, sponsored by Cully & Sully, was launched on September 20th with a flagship event on Garryvoe Beach, Co. Cork.

Clean Coasts launched the Big Beach Clean 2019 with a special event on Garryvoe Beach, Co. Cork, hosted in collaboration with Cully & Sully. The initiative continued throughout the weekend with over 280 registered groups who will remove litter across the country.

Over 200 volunteers participated in the Biggest of the Big Beach Cleans and got a chance to be part of an excellent round the world citizen science data collection project by filling in Clean Coasts’ Marine Litter Data Card. At the event, all the participants were also rewarded with lunch hosted by Cully & Sully. Several schools from the region got involved, with students from St. John the Baptist, Midleton, Ballycotton N. S., Shanagarry NS, Scartleigh N. S. and St Colmans Secondary School all joining the effort to clean up Garryvoe and surrounding beaches, along with local residents, local business and visitors to the region. Incredibly over one and a half ton of rubbish was removed from the beach.

The Big Beach Clean is an annual call to action that invites volunteers all over Ireland to remove marine litter from our coast after the end of the bathing season and 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.

Read more inside the latest issue of Midleton & District News.