International Coastal Cleanup Day 2020

This year, the International Coastal Cleanup Day was celebrated, from September 19 to 27, with terrestrial and underwater actions. The Oceano Azul Foundation challenged Portuguese organizations to jointly mark the International Coastal Cleanup Day.


Through marine waste collect actions carried out from north to south of the country and in the Azores and Madeira islands , this challenge mobilized more than 170 national organizations and entities and involved around 3600 volunteers.


Also for the first time and in partnership with the Project “Quando +1 é = a -1”, national diving centres were invited to join the initiative to celebrate this International Day, organizing 35 underwater cleanups.


With everyone’s contribution 166 cleanup actions were carried out, on land and underwater, over an extension of 187 kilometres, with a total of 29 tons of marine litter collected.


Find, on the map below, the actions that were carried out and get to know the organizations that participated, as well as the results of each one.

Blue: Underwater Cleaning  |  Green: Land Cleaning



Underwater clean-ups in partnership with


About International Coastal Cleanup Day

Over 30 years ago, coastal communities rallied together with the common goal to collect and document trash on their local beaches, giving birth to the Ocean Conservancy’s International Coastal Cleanup Day (ICCD). Since then, the cleanup has grown to an international scale, gathering volunteers from over 100 countries around the world to participate in a powerful and inspiring action to clean their local beaches and coasts.