The Coca-Cola Clean Coast Week is a fun way to celebrate Ireland’s spectacular coasts and kick of a year of Clean Coasts’ initiatives. The week starts on Friday 6 May with lots of impactful and enjoyable ways for you to join in.

What is Coca-Cola Clean Coasts Week?

Volunteers across Ireland are coming together to organise and join practical clean-ups to improve the beaches and waters of Ireland’s coasts.

The Clean Coasts Week is just the start and encourages community groups, projects and individuals to register as Clean Coasts groups and protect stretches of Ireland’s coastline all year round.

An Taisce reports that Clean Coasts Week 2015 alone saw:

  • 3,000 volunteers
  • 10 tonnes of litter removed from the coastline

What are we trying to achieve with Coca-Cola Clean Coast Week?

  1. Raise awareness of the importance of protecting our coastline
  2. Foster pride in the coastline and celebrate its beauty
  3. Encourage more coastal clean-ups around the country
  4. Recruit more volunteers
  5. Celebrate those who keep our coasts clean

Who’s involved in Coca-Cola Clean Coasts?

Across the island of Ireland, there are almost approximately 15,000 volunteers and over 600 Clean Coast groups helping to keep the coastline beautiful around the year. This culminates in Clean Coast Week in May when more than 200 clean-ups and 20 coastal celebration take place around the coast.

Dr Ian Humphreys, Chief Executive of Keep Northern Ireland Beautiful says: “Coast Care volunteers really are setting the standard for how we want where we live to look. Of course most people don’t drop litter, but it takes a special person to care enough to clean up other people’s rubbish.”

The volunteers and groups are supported by Keep Northern Ireland Beautiful and An Taisce (ROI).

An Taisce’s environmental education director, Micheal John O’Mahony, says: “Every piece of litter removed whether as part of a large beach clean or a #2MinuteBeachClean is one less item that will pollute our oceans or be ingested by marine life.”

How can I get involved?

As well of lots of clean-up activities, some of the current Clean Coast projects include:

  • Guided beach walks
  • Writing newsletters and making posters
  • Family fun days
  • Boat trips
  • Seashell collecting
  • Sand sculpturing, art and craft shows
  • Painting and graffiti clearing
This year’s programme is set to be even bigger so register and get involved.