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Nordic Coastal Cleanup

Prevention of marine littering in the Nordic region through awareness raising work and knowledge-based decisions.

Together against marine litter

Visit us on this year's Ocean Rescue Tour

May 3 – Finland, organized by Keep the Archipelago Tidy 
May 4 – Denmark, organized by Keep Denmark Tidy  
May 4 – Norway, organized by Keep Norway Beautiful 
May 19 – Åland, organized by Keep the Archipelago Tidy 
May 24 – Faroe Islands, organized by Rudda Føroyar  
May–October – Saligaatsoq (annual and national clean upday) &  
May 24–28 September – (Coastal cleanup) – Greenland, organized by CSR 
June 8 – Iceland, organized by World Wide Friends 
June 8 – Sweden, organized by Keep Sweden Tidy.

Member Countries


Hold Norge Rent

Nordic Coastal Cleanup Event: Molde, May 4th.

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Hold Danmark Rent

Nordic Coastal Cleanup Event: Thorsminde, May 4th.

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HSR Logo

Nordic Coastal Cleanup Event: Stockholm, June 4th.

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Finland & Åland

HSR Finland

Nordic Coastal Cleanup Event: Turku, May 3rd 2024

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Faroe Island

Radda Foroyar

Nordic Coastal Cleanup Event: Thorshavn, May 24th.

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CSR Greenland

Saligaatsoq (annual and national cleanup day): From May to October

Coastal Cleanup event: Nuuk, May 24th to September 28th 2024

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Worldwide Friends Iceland

Nordic Coastal Cleanup Event: Vopnafjörður and Reykjanes peninsula, June 8th

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Our Results

Our findings support findings from both national monitoring projects as well as international projects such as OSPAR. The composition of marine litter in the Nordic countries is in general fairly similar across the region, and compared to international data, fisheries are a larger source of litter in the Nordic region than elsewhere in the world.

NCC diagram Results 2022

83% of the litter found on the reference beaches in 2023 was plastic.

Nordic beach litter monitoring


Read our policy brief


CSR Greenland
Keep Sweden Tidy

Elina Krés

Keep the Archipelago Tidy (Finland)

Julia Jännäri

Keep the Archipelago Tidy (Åland):

Kimberly Terry

Keep Norway Beautiful
Keep Denmark Tidy

Anette Juul Jensen

Rudda Føroyar (Faroe Island)

Beinta Gaard Davidsen  

Annika Arnsteinsdóttir Nielsen

Worldwide Friends (Iceland)

Tóti Ivarsson