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Beach clean up program

We partner with volunteers, schools, businesses and community groups to protect our local beaches and coastal environments from litter and marine debris. Find out how you can get involved.

Beach clean up program

We partner with volunteers, schools, businesses and community groups to protect our local beaches and coastal environments from litter and marine debris.

From 2016 to 2023, together we collected 675,000 pieces of litter and over 16 tonnes of rubbish as part of the beach clean-up program.

How to get involved

  • whenever you are out in our beautiful environment, please safely pick up any litter you see. Even just one piece can make a difference
  • join in with some of our clean ocean champions below, from on the ground action to sharing information and inspiration through social media, there are so many ways to get involved
  • join in one of council’s regional beach clean up events listed below
  • start your own regular beach clean up for the community to join. For further details and support contact council.
Council eventDateDetails
Clean up Australia DaySaturday 3 March 2024Clean up Australia Day is held on the first Sunday in March every year. For more information about this event and locations where you can join in on the clean up action contact the clean up Australia website.
Clean up for hatchlingsSunday 3 February 2024Clean up for hatchlings is an event held annually in February. We have volunteers and coordinators at most beach locations across the Sunshine Coast where turtles have nested over summer. The event aims to remove as much marine debris from our beaches to give our loggerhead turtle hatchlings the safest journey to the ocean possible! 
Lake Kawana Clean-UpThursday 2 May 2024,
11.30am to 1.30pm
Councils first trail of Clean-Up event within a Constructed Waterbody (CWB). Lake Kawana is semi-tidal, meaning any litter in the lake can make its way to the ocean where it can be mistaken for food and ingested by marine animals such as turtles. Come along in your lunch hour and help us to keep the banks of Lake Kawana clean. Look for the marquee in the park near 6 Innovation Parkway (close to Kawana Private Hospital). Gloves and bags will be available.
Plastic free JulyJuly 2024

The Plastic Free July campaign is launched with a Plastic Free Sea Beach Clean Up & EcoFair. This is a community event co-coordinated by Visionary Ocean Warriors. 

Follow Visionary Ocean Warriors to keep up to date.

Schools beach clean upTo be confirmed - November 2024Schools beach clean up is a school based clean up held in November each year to prepare our beaches for the return of the nesting loggerhead turtles. For more details contact coastal and canals. Expressions of interest for schools will open in August 2024.

For further information about joining a group, please contact one of the many clean ocean champions listed below:

Various locations

Specific locations

There are so many individuals, schools, groups and businesses helping to keep our Sunshine Coast clean. If you would like your beach clean up added to the above list please contact coastal and canals.