As part of the #EUBeachCleanUp campaign, launched on 19 August, the European Union organised a joint action with local communities to clean up marine litter.

The campaign will run through October, culminating on 21 September, the International Coastal CleanUp Day, with actions taking place in over 80 countries.

Every year, 8 million tons of plastic litter are dumped into the sea, which is why the campaign focuses on awareness-raising about prevention, as well as a call to action.

The events are organised by EU embassies and UN offices across the world, in partnership with local authorities, schools, NGOs and private companies.