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International Coastal Cleanup (ICC)
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» Why Join ICC
» What Can I Do to Protect the Ocean
» How Can I Join the ICC
» Summary of ICC 2011 Activities
» Cleanup Locations
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» Fully Support, Sponsors and Supporting Organizations


Purpose:?International Coastal Cleanup (ICC), initiated by Ocean Conservancy (OC) engages people to remove trash and debris from the world's beaches and waterways, identify the sources of debris, and change behavioural patterns that contribute to pollution.

Objectives: Through collecting and removing debris, volunteers record the types of debris they pick up. OC then compiles and analyses the data from all international ICC Coordinators (Green Council for Hong Kong) in order to identify major sources of debris and activities that contribute to the problem. The final information will be used to educate the public, business, industry and government authorities about the problem, on the basis that understanding the problem is the key to finding long-lasting solutions.

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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.

Click here for Statistic for Top twenty types of debris in Hong Kong in 2011.


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

Engage people to identify the sources of debris

Change behavioural patterns that contribute to pollution

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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.

Fly tipping is a serious problem in Hong Kong; larger items such as tyres, ropes and electrical appliances are just dumped.

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?

17th September 2011 to 31st October 2011.

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

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

What should I do to prepare for the clean-up?

Download and read the "Guidance for Cleanup" before the registration as Clean-up Organizer.

Clean-up Organizers should investigate the proposed site prior to the clean-up date.

Download the "Datacard" and fill in the card during the clean-up.

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

1. Decide the cleanup venue, date, time and number of participants.
2. 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 TWO 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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Summary of ICC Activities

ICC 2011 Kick-off Ceremony cum Fund-Raising Day
Date: Saturday, 17th September 2011
Time︰9:00a.m. – 12:00noon
Venue︰Discovery Bay, Lantau Island
Please click here to download the enrollment form.

ICC 2011 Cleanups (17th September 2011 to 31st October 2011)
No special abilities are required to participate – only a desire to help. After a few hours of cleaning up a beach, students will come away with more than just a bag of rubbish: they will have a better knowledge of how rubbish travels the importance of recycling and proper disposal.

If you would like to organize your own cleanup, we will be delighted to offer you all the guidance required. There are no costs involved; rubbish bags and gloves will be provided. We would be delighted to visit your school to give an introductory talk about the problems of marine debris and taking part in the cleanup.

ICC 2011 Cleanup (For Individual Participants)
Date: Saturday, 29th October 2011
Time︰9:00a.m. – 12:00noon
Venue︰Rocky Bay Beach
Please click here to download the "Registration Form - Individual Participants"

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 2009 data report -Ocean Conservancy
Report on the ICC 2010 Hong Kong (Chinese Only)
ICC 2011 registration form
Datacard (English/ Chinese)
Guidance for clean up ICC 2011 (English/ Chinese)
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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Fully Support, Sponsors and Supporting Organizations

Main Sponsors:

Baker & McKenzieChung Tai Printing (China) Co., LtdHong Kong International Airport

Other Sponsors:

Green ShopNesteaNestea
Fully Support:


Supporting Organization:
Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department
Environmental Protection Department
Leisure and Cultural Services Department
Food and Environmental Hygiene Department
French Chamber


The Star FerryUrban GroupThe Link