Learn about the issue

When we leave litter lying around, it travels out to sea through drains, streams, lagoons, estuaries and rivers. Once in our oceans, rubbish harms and kills sea creatures, who get caught in it or mistake it for food. Toxins from plastics poison our seafood and rubbish on land makes a perfect home for mosquitos to breed and spread disease.

Use this page to learn more, then get involved in hands-on solutions to this problem.

Useful documents

Impacts of rubbish on marine environments and simple solutions to address the problem.
Brochure showing how rubbish affects our coasts and the simple ways to solve the issue.
Step-by-step guide to organising your event, whether it is big or small.
Important safety info, including hazards to consider and basic emergency procedures.
Update with your details, print and bring to your event for participants to read.
Love your Coast logo files to help you design your own promotional materials.
Print, bring to your event and record your results to share here afterwards.
Use this spreadsheet to enter event results, then click 'Share your results' in the menu.
Print, bring to your event and record volunteer registration details.
Use this spreadsheet to digitally record volunteer registration details.
Poster highlighting how litter comes back to affect our seafood and, ultimately, ourselves.
Poster showing the shocking impacts of litter in the marine environment
Poster showing how vast amounts of rubbish move from streets, to drains, to sea.
Print, fill in your details, and put posters up to promote your event.

Useful videos

How to: Collect and share event results

A quick, easy-to-follow guide to collecting important data from coastal clean-up events and sharing them on this site. Results from clean-ups help us learn and make better decisions to create less rubbish and avoid littering our coastlines in the first place.

Pic of the Litter -- Putting Waste in its Place

Time lapse footage of this public artwork project by charity group Sustainable Coastlines. Over three days, volunteers at the Auckland Seafood Festival contributed pieces to this artwork, using some of the 8,327 bottle caps found during Sustainable Coastlines' December 2011 coastal clean-up of Rangitoto Island, Auckland, New Zealand.

Launch of Love your Coast

Short film documenting the coastal clean-up event series that launched this ongoing project in December 2010.

Love your Coast: Jack Johnson Interview

Interview by Sustainable Coastlines for Love your Coast: a collaborative ongoing project aimed at protecting and regenerating coastlines.