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Start your clean up – World Coastal Clean-up Day #EUBeachCleanup

September 16, 2023


The #EUBeachCleanup is a campaign to raise awareness about marine pollution, and how our habits impact our ocean. It is estimated that up to 37 million tonnes of plastic waste will reach the ocean annually by 2040.

The campaign consists of clean-up events organised by institutions (EU Delegations and Representations, Europe Direct Centres, United Nations Regional Offices, etc.), NGOs, and citizens wanting to put-up their own event.

The campaign is organised by the European Commission’s Directorate-General for Maritime Affairs and Fisheries, with the European External Action Service and the United Nations. It is organised in partnership with our blue friends, the Smurfs.


In 2023, the campaign will culminate on 16 September – International Coastal Clean-up Day – but events can be organised at any time until October.

If most events take place on the beach, we also encourage people living far away from the sea to organise clean-ups.


Interested in joining the campaign? That’s easy!

To organise your event:

  • Read the guidelines
  • Register your event here
  • Add the results of your event (number of attendees and amount of litter collected) here

Find social media guidelines and visuals on Trello and the video on Google Drive.

You can also find all of this on the campaign’s website.

All the best,

The #EUBeachCleanup Team

Contact : EU-Beach-Clean@ec.europa.eu


September 16, 2023