Conduct a Cleanup

Conducting a cleanup is a simple, effective method that can be done by anyone with just a few materials.


There are plenty of benefits to cleanups. They directly take out plastic pollution from the environment, which helps protect against the negative effects of plastic pollution, which range from harming marine species to influencing our drinking water.

Cleanups also have economic benefits to their local communities. In a study conducted by The Ohio State University, reducing plastic pollution can provide millions of dollars in economic support for a given county.

Finally, cleanups can aid in raising awareness for plastic pollution and being a part of the solution. Many cleanups are conducted on public beaches, where the cleanup gives the chance for beachgoers to see the effects of plastic pollution and be empowered to address it.


Learn how to do your own cleanup with our instructions and tips on the How to Do Your Own Cleanup page.

Crane, Misti. “The Economic Benefits of Cleaning Our Beaches”. Association of American Universities. February 2018.

“Start A Cleanup”. Ocean Conservancy.

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