31 tons of garbage collected in 174 cleaning actions on the Portuguese coast

There were actions across the coast, namely in the Algarve and Alentejo

The cleaning actions carried out between 18 and 26 September, to mark the International Day of Coastal Cleaning, resulted in the collection of 31 tons of marine litter, along more than 172 kilometers of the Portuguese coast.

Responding to the appeal of the Oceano Azul Foundation, for the third consecutive year, more than 240 organizations, from the north to the south of the country, in the Azores and Madeira, passing through the Algarve and the Alentejo Coast, celebrated the International Coastal Cleaning Day, having held 174 Land and underwater cleanup actions throughout the week.

This year, the initiative was marked by the strong participation of students and teachers from participating schools in the “Educate for a Blue Generation” program: more than 1300
children and teachers from schools in the municipalities of Cascais, Mafra, Moura, Nazaré, Silves and from several islands in the Azores participated in these clean-up actions.

The initiative was integrated, for the first time, in the #EUBeachCleanup campaign, in cooperation with the European Commission, the European External Action Service and the United Nations.


International Coastal Cleanup Day 2021 in numbers:

>31 tons of marine litter collected
>>More than 4500 volunteers;
>>240 organizations united in marine litter collection;
>>More than 172 kilometers of clean coastline;
>>174 coastal cleaning actions carried out;
>>1300 students and teachers from 45 schools in the “Educate for a Blue Generation” program participated