If a beach in your area needs a clean-up you can take action with the support from Tangaroa Blue. Remember, collecting the rubbish is great, but taking the data will have an even longer lasting effect as it helps to formulate solutions. For any questions and queries contact firstname.lastname@example.org and we can advertise your event on our home page and on Facebook. The following steps will help you prepare your event:
1. Advertise your event in your community
2. You might want to buy some clean-up materials such as bags, gloves and sharps containers. We can also tailor the size of your clean-up kit to your needs.
3. Make yourself familiar with the AMDI methodology and instructions on how to run a clean-up event by checking out our How-to videos and manual. The Marine Debris ID Manual will help you identify the categories of debris, and the data sheet can be used to tally the items you collect.
4. After the clean-up you will need to enter your data into the AMDI Database. Please make yourself familiar with our data use agreement before the event.
5. Keep in mind that for an input of your data into our database you will also need to record
– the number of volunteers
– the time spent
– the distance covered including GPS coordinates
You can go to the report page of our database and access a wide variety of data from your previous clean-ups for your own reporting purposes.
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No opportunity to clean up a beach, special skills to offer or want to do more? There is always administrative work to do and since Tangaroa Blue Foundation works nationwide we are always keen to involve more people that have expert skills – financial, legal, marketing, business, presenters or coordinators. Note that these activities are volunteer positions only. Fill in this expression of interest form and send it back, we’ll let you know what we are currently working on and where we need assistance.
Consumer choices dictate what products are manufactured and distributed. The less waste we produce the less rubbish will impact our environment and potentially end up in the ocean. Since most of our waste is plastic, a waste reduced life style often equals a plastic reduced life style as well. Whilst living totally plastic free is possible and an interesting challenge (and has been done in this day and age), it is not an practical alternative for most people (think of your computers or cars).However, anyone can aim to limit the consumption of single-use articles, unnecessary packaging and short-lived products. For hints and tips check out our Waste Free Fact Sheets and find some plastic free alternatives in our Sea Store.