Join the International Coastal Cleanup,
the biggest coastal volunteer cleanup effort in the world!
Ocean trash is a serious pollution problem that affects the health of people, wildlife and local economies. The International Coastal Cleanup is the world’s largest, annual, volunteer effort tackling this problem for our ocean and waterways.
On average, more than 2,000 volunteers participate annually in the Rhode Island ICC at more than 80 sites, typically removing about 20,000 pounds of trash and debris and documenting what they find. In 2018, more than one million volunteers across the globe took a stand against ocean trash by joining the ICC.
The data is compiled and published in an annual global report on marine debris by the Ocean Conservancy. [Take a look at our 2019 Rhode Island report.] Policymakers use the ICC data to raise awareness about marine debris and reduce the problem at the source.