International Coastal Cleanup®

In partnership with volunteer organizations and individuals around the globe, the International Coastal Cleanup® (ICC) engages people to remove trash from the world’s beaches and waterways. Thanks to volunteers around the world, the ICC has become a beacon of hope, leading and inspiring action in support of our ocean. Since its beginning, more than 17 million volunteers have collected more than 348 million pounds of trash.

Cleanup Details: 

  • Date: Saturday, September 24
  • Time: 9am - 12pm (please arrive between 8:30am - 9am)
  • Location: 24th Street Oceanfront Entertainment Park 
  • Additional Details: Volunteers being dispersed to clean as far north as 42 street and as far south as 1st street.
  • Data Recording: Volunteers will be using the CleanSwell App to record their debris and litter collection. 


​History of the International Coastal Cleanup®

The International Coastal Cleanup® began more than 35 years ago, when communities rallied together with the common goal of collecting and documenting the trash littering their coastline. The movement was catalyzed by the passion and spirit of two committed individuals. Back in 1986, Linda Maraniss moved to Texas from Washington, DC, where she had been working for Ocean Conservancy. She’d been inspired by the work her Ocean Conservancy colleague Kathy O’Hara was doing on a groundbreaking report called Plastics in the Ocean: More than a Litter Problem that would be published the next year.

Linda and Kathy reached out to the Texas General Land Office, local businesses and other dedicated ocean lovers, and planned what would become Ocean Conservancy’s first cleanup. They asked volunteers to go beyond picking up trash and record each item collected on a standardized data card to identify ways to eliminate ocean trash in the future.

The Cleanup has grown immensely in the 35 years since Linda and Kathy’s first Cleanup. Volunteers from states and territories throughout the United States and more than 150 countries come together each year and participate in a cleanup event near them.

Over the years, this movement has created a family that spans oceans and country borders. 

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