Akaroa Public Litter Intelligence Survey & Audit, French Bay- Harbar steps | Sustainable Coastlines

Event details

Sep 2023

Remember to bring:

  • Closed-toed shoes
  • Sun-smart gear
  • Raincoats and appropriate clothing for the day on the coast
  • Reusable drink bottle, filled and ready to go
  • Camera!

We will provide: 

  • All relevant gear: gloves, sacks
  • Health and Safety documentation & briefing
  • First aid trained staff and first aid kits
  • Sunscreen
  • Hand sanitiser
  • Rubbish removal to transfer station.

Are you interested in taking action against ocean pollution? Do you want to contribute to New Zealand’s future by supporting its progress in Sustainable Development Goals Reporting?

Join us on Saturday 16 September at French Bay, Akaroa to celebrate World Cleanup Day by taking care of Papatūānuku! We are heading to French Bay to run a Litter Intelligence survey and wider beach clean up to protect the natural environment. Look out for our Sustainable Coastlines flag beside the war memorial. 

All welcome to this whānau-friendly free event. Come along to learn how to set up and run a survey, sort and record rubbish in an audit, and add your data into Litter Intelligence, the national database and solutions platform. We’ll start from 10am, and end by celebrating with some Phoenix Organics drinks on us. Make it for the whole event or drop in when you can to do your bit to prevent plastics and other litter from polluting our coastlines. We’d love to see you there!

All equipment will be provided, including gloves, sacks, and health and safety documents.


Rough itinerary:

10:00 am – Event sign-in begins

10:15 am – General welcome and H&S briefing

10:20 am – Litter Intelligence briefing for those keen to help us with some rubbish science

10:30 am – Litter Intelligence survey and wider clean-up begins

11:40 am – Clean-up finishes

11:50 am – Litter audit begins

12:30 pm – Celebration at home base with Phoenix drinks!


Any questions, email [email protected]


Please register your attendance on the form below.


About the Litter Intelligence Programme

Working in collaboration with the Ministry for the Environment, Statistics New Zealand and the Department of Conservation, we have developed a national beach litter monitoring programme that will enable us to build an accurate picture of the beach litter problem in New Zealand and help to prioritise solutions.

By working to a United Nations Environment Program survey methodology, the data is collected at the highest standard of scientific rigour, allowing it to be used for national, regional and international reporting, including progress against UN Sustainable Development Goals.

To collect the beach litter data long-term, we work with community groups & organisations to conduct beach litter surveys across Aotearoa at least four times per year. We provide the training and tools required to take part in this project as Citizen Scientists, conducting regular litter surveys at their chosen local beach sites and loading the litter data into a new, easy to use nationwide beach litter Citizen Science Platform/App we’ve developed specifically for the project. The Litter Intelligence litter data base also includes a solutions data base and some awesome litter data visualisation tools that are in development at present. All the litter data collected is freely available to the groups involved as well as to the wider public and decision makers.


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