Get involved and join the global effort for the International Coastal Cleanup 2021

Organise your own cleanup in your area any time in September or join ours.

What is the ICC?

For decades, volunteers with Ocean Conservancy’s International Coastal Cleanup have removed millions of kilograms of rubbish from our oceans, beaches and waterways every year in September.  They not only pick up trash, they count every item as well. The resulting item-by-item, location-by-location Ocean Trash Index provides the only global snapshot of the ocean debris littering the world’s coasts and waterways. VESS has coordinated the ICC in Vanuatu for the last 5 years. In 2021 we are teaming up with the VCAN network and others to hopefully spread the effort to other places in Vanuatu. 

How to join the VESS / VCAN cleanup

1) register with VESS by emailing:

2) Choose either the Friday or Saturday event:

Meet on Ifiria Point beach, outside the boat yard at 9:30 am on Friday 17th September. Or meet at the Seafront, near the grandstand at 9:30 am on Saturday 18th September

3) Bring a clipboard, a pencil, reusable gloves and a smile 

How to organise your own cleanup

1). Get a team together – the team can be any size from one to hundreds! 

2). Download your litter data sheets in English, Bislama or French here or download the Clean Swell app from the Apple Store or Google Play store. 

3) Collect the rubbish lying on the beach, street or on the ground close to the sea or waterways (rivers or drains).

4) Count the rubbish and add the information about what you collect to the data sheet or enter it into the Clean Swell app

5) Dispose of the rubbish you collected in the appropriate place

6) When you have finished collate the data from all the data sheets you used on to one fresh sheet and send it to VESS via email or post to our facebook page Don’t forget to fill in all the details about how many people were in your group, how long your cleanup was and where your cleanup are was.  (If you are using the Clean Swell app you can miss out this last  step as the information will have already been uploaded to the global database.)

This is what Paul Mooney has done for the Devil’s point road community

Location of clean: Devils Point Road White Sands Beach

Date of clean-up:  Saturday 18th September

Start time:  10am

If you want to join Paul’s cleanup please contact – Paul Mooney, emv.vanuatu@gmail.con – 5322002

Find out more about the at the Ocean Conservancy’s Trash Free Seas website

And for more info on the Clean Swell app see the poster below