#1 — Start Planning NowOne of the biggest blunders eco-enthusiasts, with the best intentions, make is putting together events at the last minute. Most people work and have lives, and that means they need one magic ingredient to increase their chances of showing up: notice. Start planning as early as possible and give everyone at least a two week heads up so they can arrange their schedules and get it on the calendar.
#2 — Choose a LocationNext, it’s time to choose your location. There are a few factors you want to look at when deciding which area to cover:
- Private versus public access
- Proximity to bathrooms, gas, and amenities
- Distance from participants
#3 — Pick a DateNow it’s time to pick a date. Take a look at the local events calendar to ensure there aren’t any big events happening on the date you’re considering. It may cause excessive traffic, parking issues, or lots of people could be milling around the beach. Forecasts can be unpredictable, so give it your best guess per the season’s norm and cross your fingers for the best.
#4 — Pick a TimeLow tide is ideal when it comes to gathering trash on the beach. This page will provide you with tide schedules, which you can use to set up an ideal time for your beach cleanup.
#5 — Plan to Bring Some SuppliesIdeally, all of your participants are going to bring everything they need, but there will inevitably be people who forget. To ensure everyone can participate, bring as many extra supplies as you can:
- Garbage bags
- Reaching tools
#6 — Promote ItOnce you have the logistics figured out, it’s time to get the word out. Use social media to promote your beach cleanup:
- Share the event in Facebook groups (with admin permission)
- Create some cute graphics with a platform like Canva to promote the event
- Make posts on your own wall, make sure the privacy is set to public, and encourage friends and family to share away
- Date, time, and specific location
- Exact area you’ll be covering
- Supplies list for participants
- Instructions on disposing of trash
- Notes on parking, bathroom access, etc.
- Plans for inclement weather
#7 — Dress for the OccasionWhen it’s time for the big day, make sure you’re ready for the weather. Beaches are tough to walk on, so footwear is super important here. Aim for a flexible sole, and decide if you want it to be amphibious or waterproof. If you’re tackling chilly beaches in the north, dress in layers and make sure what you wear is secured to your body and won’t drive you crazy amid the coastal winds. And of course, eyewear is incredibly important with the ocean glare. Don’t forget to bring sunglasses that offer 100 per cent UV protection.
#8 — Have a Plan for the TrashWhen you reach the end of the line with your beach cleanup, make sure you have a plan for all the trash you’ve collected, and make sure all participants are aware of it. Beach trash receptacles may not have the capacity for what you need to dump, and local business dumpsters aren’t free for you to use. Talk to the local sanitation department if you need some help figuring it out.
#9 — Celebrate Your Hard WorkCleaning up the world’s beaches is hard work, so make sure when you and your crew wrap up, you take the time to wash up and celebrate. Sit down for a beach side brunch and pat each other on the back — you’ve done something INCREDIBLE.
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