Marlborough, Public Beach Clean-up & Litter Intelligence Survey | 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.

Join our community ropu as we take action against the pollution of our local beaches. 

Come down to Monkey Bay Car Park on Saturday, 30 September, from 10 a.m. for a beach clean-up and Litter Intelligence survey to capture data on what items are found at this site. Come along to learn how to set up and run a survey, sort, and record rubbish in an audit, and add your data to Litter Intelligence, the national database and solutions platform. 

All are welcome to this whānau-friendly free event. The rubbish will be collected from Puketea in Rarangi and all surrounding beaches, including Diversion and Whites Bay. 

The equipment will be provided, including gloves, sacks, and health and safety documents. You may want to bring a high vis and your tools too.

We’ll start at 10 am, go through to 2.30 pm, and end by celebrating with drinks and sausage sizzle provided by DOC, and we will present some spot prizes.

You can come for the entire event or drop in when you can to do your bit to prevent plastics and other litter from polluting our coastlines.

Nau mai haere mai, we can’t wait to see you there.

If you have 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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