An Actionable Guide to Coastal Cleanup Week

An Actionable Guide to Coastal Cleanup Week


The International Coastal Cleanup® (ICC) partners with individuals and organizations globally to remove trash from the world’s beaches and waterways. The ICC and its millions of volunteers have become leaders in ocean stewardship, inspiring and engaging communities to conserve our coastlines. Since the ICC started, more than more than 350 million pounds of trash have been collected by 17 million volunteers.

© The Surfrider Foundation 

How Can I Help?

  • Clean up trash when you see it, whether you’re on the beach or in the water! Challenge: stick at least one piece of trash in your wetsuit each time you go out for a surf!
  • Get a group of friends and family together to clean your local beach.
  • Take care of the places you travel to - make sure to leave no trace and pick up trash where you can.
  • Buy products with bio-based packaging that doesn’t contribute to the waste/plastics problem. (Hint: think Avasol sunscreen sticks!)
  • Join cleanups local to your area! The Ocean Conservancy has a helpful locator map to find cleanups happening near you. Visit their website for more information.
  • If you want to go the extra mile, reach out to brands, nonprofits and organizations local to your area to organize a cleanup. Surfrider is a great resource, as they have teams in place to organize the permits and equipment necessary for bigger cleanups. Sustainable community initiatives are always a good idea and more and more brands are looking to get involved!

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