#EUBeachCleanup 2024

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Join a beach clean-up or organise your own event!

Global campaign for clean, plastic-free oceans

Every year, the European Union, in partnership with the United Nations and the Smurfs, organises an ocean-activism and awareness-raising campaign: #EUBeachCleanup. The campaign features beach, river banks and various clean-up events across the world.

In 2023, 45,700 participants took part in 555 events, in 44 countries across all inhabited continents. This year, let’s make it even bigger!

The purpose of the campaign is 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.

When does it take place?

  • World Cleanup Day 2024 will be on Friday 20 September – but any events organised between 10 June and 31 October counts!
  • While 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!

  • Either join an event near you – or put up your own event!

=>Click here for more information including

  • list of events throughout the year
  • guidelines to organise you own event