Belfast Telegraph

Volunteering record for Northern Ireland coastal clean-up

Coca-Cola Clean Coasts Week volunteers
Coca-Cola Clean Coasts Week volunteers

By Chelsie Kealey

More than 900 bags of marine litter has been cleared from coastlines in Northern Ireland during the Coca-Cola Clean Coasts Week.

Volunteers have almost doubled in size with 1859 Northern Ireland volunteers lining up to collect the litter.

A staggering 27 tonnes of marine litter was cleared from coastlines across the island of Ireland.

The programme includes a week of clean-up events and other activities on beaches and inland waterways.

The charity Keep Northern Ireland Beautiful - dedicated to making NI a cleaner, greener and more sustainable place - held the events between June 1 and 9.

Some of the biggest events across NI included Woodburn Reservoir Clean-Up, Monkstown Wood Clean-Up and A Guided Hike with Mourne Heritage Trust.

Live Here Love Here is a national campaign aimed at promoting civic pride and a community can-do attitude by improving environmental quality in Northern Ireland.

Jodie McAneaney, the Live Here Love Here Manager, told the Belfast Telegraph: "It's about people taking ownership and the message is definitely taking hold with huge numbers increasing with our volunteers."

Coca-Cola Clean Coasts Week aims to empower people and communities to protect coastal resources.

The event has been sponsored by Coca-Cola since 2007.

Gillian Shields, of Coca-Cola, added: "We are delighted to have helped support the thousands of volunteers across the island caring for our beaches whilst championing responsible behaviour when it comes to littering."

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