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International Coastal Cleanup (ICC)
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International Coastal Cleanup (ICC) is a global event initiated by Ocean Conservancy (OC) in 1986. Its aim is to engage citizens to remove trash and debris from beaches and waterways all around world, identify the sources of debris, and change the behavioral patterns that contribute to pollution (

The Green Council (GC) has been the official Hong Kong & Macau coordinator for the International Coastal Cleanup (ICC) since 2008. During the cleanup activities, data cards are completed by the volunteers, then GC compiles and analyses the data from all the completed data cards. The final result will be published and used to educate the public, business, industry and government authorities about marine debris issue in Hong Kong. Through education and awareness of such issues will bring forth long term solutions and changes in behavior.

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Why join ICC?

Importance of ICC
Marine debris is a serious and worsening problem in marine and coastal environments worldwide, and Hong Kong's waters and coasts have not escaped this problem. The United Nations Environment Program's State of the Marine Environment report suggests that the main ocean-based sources of marine litter found in East Asian waters are shipping, ferries and cruise liners, fishing vessels, aquaculture, mariculture, and offshore oil and gas platforms; while the main land-based sources are coastal municipal sewage, storm water, industrial facilities, solid waste from landfills, untreated waste water, and tourism (recreational visitors to the coast). All of these sources need to be addressed in a comprehensive strategy to reduce marine debris in Hong Kong's waters.


Engage people to identify the sources of debris

Remove and record marine debris collected from the beaches and waterways in Hong Kong

Influence and change behavioral patterns that contribute to pollution

Build team spirit

Provide opportunities for local environmentally concerned and responsible businesses to demonstrate corporate social responsibility (CSR) within the community

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What can I do to protect the ocean?

Where does the marine litter come from?
Recreational activities: Irresponsible behaviors from the swimmers, beach-goers; debris due to sports/games, festivals; litter from streets/storm drains, etc.

Ocean activities: Rubbish from fishing boat, ferry, boat/vessel operations etc.

Dumping activities: Debris from landfill site, household and construction.

Cigarette end and smoking-related activities

Refuse from medical health and personal hygiene products

Why is the problem so bad?
People do not bother to throw rubbish into bins properly.

Visitors to BBQ site, country parks or picnic site left their food, packagings, bottles and forks behind without proper disposal.

Rubbish throwing out from the boats because it is easier than bringing them ashore for proper disposal.

Construction workers leaving rubbish and dumping refuse on reclamation and building sites.

Restaurant operators not disposing of their waste properly.

Waste disposal workers doing a poor job.

Actions to be taken
Individual Action

Be responsible for the rubbish you generate. Disposal the rubbish properly. Don't throw the rubbish to the sea when you are on a boat. ?Take your rubbish back on land for proper disposal.

In order to reduce the waste, you should support recycling – ask the building management of your office and residence, and the Food and Environmental Hygiene Department to provide recycling bins

Take part in the annual International Coastal Cleanup

Government Action

Work across departments to maximize coordination efforts and ensure public sector workers are motivated.

Check professionalism of publicly funded disposal contractors to ensure rubbish is disposed of properly.

Target specific industries, such as fishing and construction, to help workers change behaviour over a period of time

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How can I join the ICC?

September 2016 to November 2016

Any shorelines in Hong Kong. Green Council also provides suggestion on potential cleanups beaches.

Every party (including local and international schools, CSR-concerned companies) or individual can become the Cleanup Organizer (CO).

Organization, Company, School or Individual participants (with >10 people per group)

1. Download and read the "Guidance for Cleanup" before the registration as Clean-up Organizer.
2. Decide the cleanup venue, date, time and number of participants.
3. For Schools and organizations, complete the registration form with contact person's signature and stamp.
Send the completed registration form to Green Council by email ( or fax: 2810 1998 THREE weeks before the proposed clean-up date.
Green Council will send confirmation to participants by EMAIL ONLY while the location is available.


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ICC Activities

Official Coastal Cleanup period
Period:September 2016- November 2016
Venue: Any beaches in Hong Kong
Category Fundraising Requirement
Registration Form
Large Corporation HK$ 10,000 ICC 2016 HK Fund-raising Form
Small Medium Enterprise HK$ 2,000
Schools, charity organizations, individual Not necessary ICC 2016 Form

ICC 2016 HK Presentation Ceremony cum Press Conference
To be confirmed.


Cleanup Locations

Beaches Cleanup Map

Find ICC on a larger map

Blue Point - Under LCSD
Red Point - Privately owned / Other beaches suitable for swimming
Green Point - Marine Park

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ICC 2013 data report - Ocean Conservancy
ICC 2013 data report - Green Council
ICC 2016 Registration form (For Schools, charity organizations, individual)
ICC 2016 HK Fund-raising Cleanup Activity Enrollment Form (For company organizations)
Datacard (English / Chinese)
Schools and charity organizations - Guidance for cleanup ICC 2014 (English / Chinese)
Company organizations - Guidance for cleanup ICC 2015 (Chinese version only)
Checklist for cleanup organizations
Potential Cleanups Beaches
Hong Kong Observatory Tidal information
Clarification Note Of ICC

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Contact Us

For participation or enquiries, please contact:
Green Council
ICC Coordinator
Tel : 2810 1122
Fax : 2810 1998
Email :

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