The International Coastal Cleanup was founded by the Ocean Conservancy in 1986. “For the past 30 years, Ocean Conservancy has inspired millions of volunteers, as well as industry players the world over to take action by removing and recording trash during our International Coastal Cleanup. This event has been one of Ocean Conservancy’s hallmarks, growing from 12 sites along the Texas coast to more than 6,000 sites in more than 100 countries.”(Ocean Conservancy)
Guam first joined in this worldwide effort to prevent pollution on October 14, 1995 with three sites: Ylig Bay, Agat Shore, and Dungca’s Beach and with only 450 volunteers. Guam is now in its 25th annual cleanup and has grown since 1995, with over 29 sites and over 4,000 volunteers.
Every third Saturday of September, Guam host its largest island cleanup and along with the rest of the World participates in the International Coastal Cleanup sponsored by the Ocean Conservancy. This event is voluntarily led by the Bureau of Statistics and Plans and is a whole island effort with volunteers from federal agencies and local government agencies, private businesses and non-profit organizations, and many individual volunteers.