A global campaign to fight plastic pollution.

The 2023 Global Ocean Cleanup will take place on June 16–17, 2023 in partnership with Sea Turtle Week and dozens of organizations worldwide. This will mark the second year of this annual campaign to fight plastic pollution through online and offline action. In 2022, we collectively removed 4,598 lbs of trash from some of Earth's most important ocean habitats, created artwork to inspire change, and reached millions of people online with our message. See complete 2022 Global Ocean Cleanup results here.

2023 Global Ocean Cleanup logo

Lead a Cleanup

Join the 2023 Global Ocean Cleanup by signing on to lead a cleanup in your community. We are excited to offer multiple ways for you to get involved this year—see the details below on how you can apply for funding, or register your cleanup event.

Organize a Cleanup

Apply for a 2023 Global Ocean Cleanup Sponsorship by April 15, 2023

Thanks to our generous sponsors, Oceanic Society is pleased to be able to provide small grants ($2,000) to five or more qualifying organizations to support their ocean or coastal cleanup efforts and marine debris art creation on June 16 or 17, 2023. Locations may include beaches, marine areas, rivers, estuaries, or other waterways in coastal areas of the world.

Organizations worldwide are invited to review the eligibility criteria and to apply for funding at the link below by April 15, 2023. Decisions will be announced on or after April 24, 2023.

Lead a Cleanup

Register to Lead a Cleanup in Your Community on World Sea Turtle Day

We are excited to welcome you to participate in the 2023 Global Ocean Cleanup by leading a cleanup in your community on June 16 or 17, 2023. To formally participate, we ask you to please register here, and commit to collecting and sharing basic information about your cleanup effort, including the amount of waste you collect. If your cleanup is open to the public, we'll share it on our world map.

All registered organizations will have the chance to win one of two cash prizes provided by SEE Turtles and Oceanic Society for 1) the most trash collected, and 2) the most trash collected per participant.

Take Action from Home

Participate in the 2023 Global Ocean Cleanup campaign and join the millions of people worldwide taking action to fight ocean plastic pollution. Choose from one of the actions below, and share your efforts with us on social media by using #GlobalOceanCleanup.

Art Competition

To harness the power of visual storytelling and showcase the global impacts of plastic pollution, participating projects will create artwork using the waste collected during their cleanup. The artworks will be shared online and judged by a panel of artists and conservationists as part of a friendly competition, with the chance to win additional funding! Additional information will be shared in early June. In the meantime, check out last year's competition at the link below.

plastic pollution art contest

Campaign Sponsors

We are grateful to the following sponsors of the 2023 Global Ocean Cleanup.

As part of their commitment to sustainability, 5 SENS is proud to sponsor the 2023 Global Ocean Cleanup. 5 SENS is a vegan, cruelty-free, BIPOC-founded fragrance company on a mission to cultivate your ever-changing essence. Learn more.


Additional sponsors to be announced soon!

If you are interested in sponsoring the 2023 Global Ocean Cleanup, please contact donations@oceanisociety.org.

Campaign Partners

The 2023 Global Ocean Cleanup Campaign is organized by Oceanic Society in partnership with Sea Turtle Week and organizations worldwide. Learn more about the partners below.

As America’s oldest non-profit organization dedicated to ocean conservation, Oceanic Society has worked for more than 50 years to inspire and empower people worldwide to take part in building a healthy future for the world’s oceans. Learn more about Oceanic Society.

Sea Turtle Week is a network of 172 partner organizations in 45 countries working to promote the sea turtle conservation during an annual event that begins on World Oceans Day, June 8, and ends on World Sea Turtle Day, June 16. SEE Turtles is the organizer of Sea Turtle Week. Learn more about Sea Turtle Week.