What is the #EUBeachCleanup?
The #EUBeachCleanup is a campaign organised by the European Commission’s Directorate-General for Maritime Affairs and Fisheries (DG MARE), with EEAS and the United Nations. It is organised in partnership with our blue friends, the Smurfs.
It is key 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. We encourage everyone to join forces at local level (with for example climate pact ambassadors, schools, municipalities etc.).
When does it take place?
In 2023,the campaign will culminate on 16 September – International Coastal Clean-up Day – but events can be organised at any time until October.
While most events take place on the beach, we also encourage people living far away from the sea to organise clean-ups.
Joining the wave
Interested in joining the campaign?
Either join an event near you (see list of events below – updated throughout the year) – or put up your own event!
To organise your event