Volunteers will be getting out and about this weekend for a major clean up of Donegal's beaches.

Supported by An Taisce, Clean Coasts’ Big Beach Clean is taking place across the weekend of September 20 to 22.

The aim is to remove as much waste as possible from beaches, thus ensuring that it does not enter, or indeed re-enter, the sea.

Each year millions of tonnes of marine litter enter seas and oceans around the world. This results  in environmental, economic, health and aesthetic challenges.

Clean Coasts are inviting volunteers to join this global coastal clean-up by helping remove marine litter from this beautiful coastline and in turn protect coastal habitats and marine life.

During the Big Beach Clean, Clean Coasts volunteers are also asked to carry out marine litter surveys.

This will help to quantify the amount as well as the types of litter on Irish beaches.

These surveys are aimed at heightening awareness about the issue of marine litter and serve as an indicator of the magnitude of the problem.

More information is available from  An Taisce at 01 4002210.

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