World Clean Up day 2020 | Sustainable Coastlines

Event impacts

World Clean-up Day was the perfect opportunity for us to get started in the season of beach clean ups upcoming 0ver summer.

Volunteers of all ages joined us at Point England reserve to take part in this great worldwide event. The weather decided to change to rain and wind from ‘brief showers’. Tāmaki Makaurau likes to keep us guessing, but everyone was prepared and keen to get stuck in regardless of the weather.

Due to the weather we got through the safety briefing and information quickly so there wasn’t too much standing around, before a beautiful Karakia from one of our SC team members Shelley.

Once everyone had an area assigned to them, they headed off for an hour and a half of cleaning up the beaches and areas surrounding Point England reserve. Meeting back at base for a refreshing Phoenix Organic drink to quench the thirst from all the awesome efforts!

All the rubbish was added together and by the end of the day there was a huge pile that was taken out of the environment. Many people commented they were surprised to see how much rubbish was there and they were grateful to a part of helping to clean it up. The most common items in the collection were: broken bottles, food wrappers, fishing line. Even a few tyres were hauled from the area.

A massive thank you to the volunteers for coming out and putting in such an awesome effort!

Covid safety at our events

  1. We have a Covid-19 protocol and procedures in place to host safe and successful events at Levels 1 and 2.
  2. If you, or anyone you live with feels ill, please do not attend.
  3. All attendees should follow cough and sneeze etiquette: Cough or sneeze into your elbow or a tissue (dispose of tissue immediately).
  4. Bring gloves to the event if you have them available at home. Although we will have freshly washed gloves for those who need.
  5. Wash and sanitise your hands regularly.
  6. Social distancing of 2m must be adhered to for those outside your bubble.
  7. The event may be cancelled at late notice due to the unfolding situation.
  8. Our full Covid-19 Protocol is available at this link.

Event details

Sep 2020

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.

On September 19th 2020 we’re running a massive public cleanup of Point England reserve and surrounding beaches as part of the World Clean Up day.

Sustainable Coastlines highlights the dangers of single-use plastics and litter on the marine environment and the good impact that changing our ways does.

We’ll be inviting everyone along for the cleanup. Feel free to come along for as little or as long as you like.

We aim to have fun day celebrating being part of the worldwide clean up event and learning about the health of the ocean.

There will be a station at Point England Reserve where volunteers can sign in, pick up their gear and drop off the rubbish.  Everything will be provided including health and safety documents, equipment and refreshments.


  • 12:30pm – Sign in at the station and pick up gear
  • 1:00pm – Health and Safety Brief
  • 1:15pm – Cleanup commences
  • 2:30pm – Return all rubbish back to relevant station and grab a snack and some refreshments
  • 3:00pm – Event Ends

Huge thanks to Phoenix Organics, Kwik’n’Ezy, and all of our volunteers for coming along. Any questions – please feel free to contact Karina  at [email protected]


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