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International Coastal Cleanup Campaign

18 September – 31 October 2021




Are you concerned or sad about the sight of plastic and other litter on the shores and our natural environment?


About 12 million tons of plastics flow into our ocean every year. The effects have been massive for life on our planet, with scientists reporting that 800 species of animals are threatened by plastic pollution.


Plastic waste plagues even the most remote areas of our planet with rich biodiversity, from the Cocos Islands in the Indian Ocean, with few inhabitants, to the deepest point of the oceans, the Mariana Trench and the wildlife in the Amazon.


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Although plastic has brought a "revolution" to our lives since 1950, making our daily lives much easier, plastic waste is now one of the greatest threats to our planet. More than 40% of plastic is used just once and then discarded.


What can I do?

to be part of the solution to this global problem


First step: we make small changes in our daily lives


We reduce single-use plastics as much as possible. The truth is that plastic has become an integral part of our lives: we can find it everywhere, in product packaging, fabrics, mobile phones, cosmetic ingredients, and countless other products. So, reducing it may seem difficult, but it is much simpler than we think! We reduce our plastic footprint today by following these simple steps.


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Second step: we declare our commitment by taking action


Participating in a cleanup is a great start to get involved protecting our planet and keeping our seas, forests, rivers and natural environment clean.


HELMEPA coordinates in Greece the International Coastal Cleanup Campaign, and invites everyone to take part, organizing an excursion to clean your 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 31st consecutive year in Greece! 


We get together with our friends, classmates or colleagues and become one of the thousands of volunteers that participate in this global initiative, thus sending an awareness message for a cleaner environment.


Complete the registration form and send it to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


The procedure is simple: we follow the 6 steps below to perform our cleanup safely.


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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.


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


Please send us the completed trash data cards, as well as photos of your action if you want us to promote it on our social networks. E-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


So, let us renew our commitment to Clean Seas and Beaches on the occasion of International Coastal Cleanup Campaign, spreading the message that we care about the sea and our future!


Cleanup coordinators and participating entities will electronically receive Commemorative Diplomas by HELMEPA.