The Clean Coasts Programme is sponsored by Coca-Cola and supports local people who are passionate about caring for Northern Ireland’s coastline and inland waterways and who strive to uphold its natural beauty by getting out and carrying out practical work in a bid to reduce the impact of litter and other environmental damage.
The programme includes Clean Coasts Week and the BIG Beach Clean, dedicated action promoting clean up events and other activities on beaches and inland waterways.
The programme was founded in 2007 and in 2008 recorded a total of 110 volunteers. The programme has grown dramatically to a staggering 4642 volunteers in 2016. During Clean Coasts Week 2017 and 2018, the programme came into its element, with new and innovative events taking place throughout the country. A Clean Up and Drum Circle, a Cycle Sea Safari, Beach Clean and Boot Camp, and an Extreme Cave Clean in the underground rivers of Fermanagh are just a few of the events which engaged local people, both familiar and new to the programme. These events highlighted the effects of marine litter but also showcased the beautiful coastlines and inland waterways that our country has to offer.