International Coastal Cleanup Day Jamaica
International Coastal Cleanup (ICC) Day takes place on the third Saturday in September every year, and is the largest one-day volunteer event in the world. For over three decades, the Ocean Conservancy in Texas has been coordinating volunteers across the globe to collect millions of pounds of trash in over 100 countries.
When Jamaica first joined the ICC movement in the mid-1990s, cleanups were generally small, and took place in only a few locations across the island. In 2008, the Jamaica Environment Trust (JET) became national coordinators of ICC activities in Jamaica, and gained the support of the Tourism Enhancement Fund (TEF) as the project’s primary donor. That year, with TEF’s support and JET’s outreach, 27 groups coordinated 1,800 volunteers to clean up 34 beaches across the island. Since 2008, the event has grown by leaps and bounds, attracting over 9,000 volunteers annually to cleanup over 140 beaches islandwide.
ICC is not only an exercise in building environmental awareness; data is also gathered by volunteers on the types and quantities of waste collected from our beaches. The data, which is collected from site coordinators and tabulated by JET, is sent to the Ocean Conservancy in the USA, which then creates an annual marine debris report. This report is used by the Ocean Conservancy in international lobbying efforts aimed at improving waste management practices globally, thereby reducing the impacts of marine debris on coastal ecosystems.
JET also produces a national summary report which is circulated to various ICC stakeholders, including government ministers and agencies, manufacturers and distributors of plastic products, and is also used in our environmental education programmes. Click on the following link to view the most recent National Summary report for ICC activities in Jamaica: International Coastal Cleanup Day Jamaica 2018 National Report
International Coastal Cleanup Day Jamaica 2019
International Coastal Cleanup Day 2019 takes place on Saturday, September 21. There are two ways you can get involved:
- Coordinate your own cleanup by registering a site with JET (Registration is now closed)
- Volunteer at a cleanup in your parish
We have registered 190 cleanup sites across the island!
This year JET has registered a record number of International Coastal Cleanup Day sites in Jamaica. Please contact site coordinators directly to register for the cleanup. Some site coordinators may ask you to bring your own refreshments and cleanup equipment, including water, snacks, garbage bags and gloves. Reduce the amount of garbage you generate by avoiding single-use plastic food and drink containers and disposable gloves. Remember, International Coastal Cleanup Day is a data collection exercise. You will be required to record the types and quantity of garbage you collect at the cleanup you attend.
Check out the 2019 International Coastal Cleanup Day Jamaica site list here (last updated September 11, 2019)
Registration for JET’s 2019 International Coastal Cleanup Day flagship event in Kingston is closed.
Due to an overwhelming response, we have closed registration for JET’s 2019 beach cleanup ahead of the originally stated September 6 deadline. This is because it is important that all our volunteers have a SAFE and POSITIVE beach cleanup experience, and we have reached capacity for our cleanup site.
Please note, JET’s flagship cleanup is one of over 180 cleanups scheduled to take place on International Coastal Cleanup (ICC) Day. The complete site list of all the cleanups which will be taking place across the island on September 21, 2019 can be found at the link above.
The JET beach cleanup will be held on Saturday, September 21, 2019 between 7:30 AM and 10:30 AM at the Palisadoes Go-Kart Track – located next to the Norman Manley International Airport on the Palisadoes Strip in Kingston. Only pre-registered teams will be admitted to the JET cleanup site.
Information for 2019 International Coastal Cleanup Day Jamaica Site Coordinators
Registration of cleanup sites is now closed. Site coordinators, don’t forget to familiarize yourself with the requirements of an International Coastal Cleanup Day Site Coordinator, and learn more about the programme before September 21:
- HOW TO PLAN YOUR 2019 ICC JAMAICA CLEANUP
- HOW TO REDUCE WASTE AT YOUR 2019 ICC JAMAICA CLEANUP
- EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT ICC JAMAICA IN 2019
- WHAT TO DO ABOUT SARGASSUM
More information for our 2019 ICC Jamaica site coordinators:
- Sample invoice (to be submitted once your stipend application has been approved)
- 2019 ICC Jamaica Stipend Expenditure Report Form
- Sample volunteer sign in sheet for ICC Day
- Important NSWMA and Recycling Collection Contacts (arrange collection of your site’s garbage and recycling before ICC day)
- Volunteer Data Card
- Coordinator Data Card