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International Coastal Cleanup Campaign


We all enjoy the summer on Greek beaches with blue waters and golden sand, pebbles or rocks. How many times, however, has this beautiful image been ruined by a cigarette butt sprouting from the sand, a straw that will be tangled on our feet, a plastic bag “flying” as the wind goes, and much more?


If you are annoyed by the sight of garbage that some people leave behind on beaches, then take the situation in your hands! Register your participation in the International Coastal Cleanup Campaign 2020, organizing a cleanup of a nearby beach, seabed, river bank or lake. More than 14 million people have participated to date in the International Coastal Cleanup Campaign, which is the largest voluntary event of its kind worldwide, having collected in total more than 100,000 tons of garbage. It is an initiative of the NGO Ocean Conservancy, while the Hellenic Marine Environment Protection Association – HELMEPA is the national coordinator for the 30th consecutive year in Greece!


Participants may include schoolchildren, parents, teachers, local and port authorities, companies, embassies, environmental organizations, mountaineering and nature clubs, diving centers, seafarers and sailing clubs, local associations, citizens’ volunteer groups and anyone who wishes to express their sensitivity towards our country’s marine and coastal environment.


The process to organize your voluntary cleanup is simple:


  1. Select the beach you want to clean with your colleagues, family or friends.
  2. Complete the registration form and send it to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
  3. Purchase the necessary equipment (bags, gloves etc).
  4. Enjoy your voluntary action and send us photos of the cleanup!


Volunteers are invited to contribute to the scientific study of the problem by recording collected litter, thus contributing valuable data on the amounts, types and sources of marine litter. This data is processed by HELMEPA and the results are disseminated to competent international bodies for further use. You may see the results of last year’s campaign in the Trash Free Seas 2019 Report of Ocean Conservancy here.


  1. Download Beach Cleanup data recording sheet
  2. Download Underwater Cleanup data recording sheet


Αdditionally, you may record your waste through your phone or tablet, by using the  “Clean Swell” app,  produced by Ocean Conservancy in cooperation with HELMEPA.


For further information or clarifications please contact HELMEPA’s Environmental Awareness Sector:


– Εmail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
– Τel.: +30 210 93.41.233, +30 210 93.43.088