International Coastal Cleanup Month
September 02, 2020
Every September, Plastic Free Hawai’i organizes large community beach cleanups on Oʻahu for International Coastal Cleanup Day (ICCD). ICCD has expanded and is now International Coastal Cleanup Month! Although beaches and parks may be temporarily closed on Oʻahu, you can participate in International Coastal Cleanup Month by reducing consumption of plastic in your daily lives, helping to turn off the plastic tap that is polluting our beaches. Clean beaches truly start at home! Check out these tips from Sustainable Coastlines Hawaii’s Clean Beaches Start at Home campaign or Plastic Free Hawaii’s Tips to Go Plastic Free! If your state and local governing agency is currently allowing access to the beach, do an individual or small-scale, socially distanced cleanup at your favorite beach or in your neighborhood. Check out Surfrider’s Solo Beach Cleanup Guidelines or the Ocean Conservancy’s 8 Steps to Safely Conduct a Solo or Small Cleanup.
Why are beach cleanups important? Some of the top five most commonly collected items on ICCD last year were cigarette butts, plastic beverage bottles, food wrappers, plastic bottle caps and plastic straws - all are forms of plastic waste. Head over to Plastic Free Hawaii’s resource page to learn more about ways to reduce plastic in your life.