Twenty seven tonnes of marine litter was removed from the beaches and coastlines around the island of Ireland during Coca‑Cola Clean Coasts Week 2019, which ran from Saturday, 1st June to Sunday, 9th June.
Communities joined together to host beach clean-ups and celebrate the coastline with fun water-based activities. Over the course of the week, 254 registered clean-ups took place, with 5,450 volunteers collecting a monumental 27 tonnes of litter was removed over nine days, 9 tonnes more than the previous year.
Coca‑Cola Clean Coasts Week encourages the whole country to protect and celebrate Ireland’s beautiful coastline, hosting events all over Ireland with the help of some community spirit. The aim is to engage and empower people and communities to protect our precious coastal resources and appreciate everything our coastline has to offer.
With almost 254 events across the Island of Ireland, Coca‑Cola Clean Coasts Week 2019 has been one of our most successful yet. In Northern Ireland we have doubled the number of people taking part since last year which is an incredible achievement – thanks must go to these dedicated volunteers who have worked so hard. Jodie McAneaney, Live Here Love Here Manager at Keep Northern Ireland Beautiful
Michael John O’Mahony, Director of Environmental Education at An Taisce said: ‘With over 27 tonnes of litter removed Coca‑Cola Clean Coasts Week 2019 has been fantastic. Everyone was motivated to help prevent the long-term negative impact of marine litter, taking pride in looking after the scenic shorelines in their area. I would like to extend my thanks to the dedicated volunteers who work hard all year round in protecting and preserving Ireland’s coasts.’
Speaking about their involvement, Gillian Shields, Packaging and Sustainability Manager, Coca‑Cola HBC Ireland and Northern Ireland said, “Coca‑Cola has been proudly supporting the Clean Coast programme for the past 15 years.
Through our involvement in the Coca‑Cola Clean Coast Week this year, we are delighted to have helped support the thousands of volunteers across the island of Ireland who are caring for our beaches whilst championing responsible behaviour when it comes to littering.”