Organising a beach clean
Anyone can clean a beach in Jersey.
If you are organising a group of people to clean a beach then you will need to check the Policing Of Beaches (Jersey) Regulations 1959 in case you need permission for anything you are planning to do. If you do need permission email Hospitality and Leisure. Out of courtesy you will need to inform the Parish or Parishes so that the duty Centeniers are aware of your event.
If you are organising a public event you will need to email the Bailiff's Chamber for consent. If your beach cleaning event is not open to the general public then you don't need permission.
You need to carry out a risk assessment for the activity. You must also check the tides times for the for the date you're planning your beach clean.
Other things your risk assessment should include will be:
- supervising children and getting parental permission
- monitoring the weather
- preventing sunburn / hypothermia
- preventing accidents and incidents
- first aid
Remember, dogs must be on a lead between 10.30am and 6pm between 1 May and 30 September.
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You don't need any special equipment to clean a beach, other than something to put the rubbish in. Most people use gloves eg gardening gloves.
You will need a first aid kit and access to some fresh drinking water.
It is unlikely that you would find any sharp objects eg needles when you are cleaning a beach. But it's a good idea to get a sharps box for the event just in case. You can get a sharps box from a pharmacy.
You will also need to take photos, so that you can share these on our social media pages.
Getting rid of the litter you collect
Email the cleaning team in Infrastructure, Housing and Environment before your clean, so that they know if there will be extra waste to collect. They will want to know your start and end point and where you'd like the litter collected from.
If you are separating recyclable waste you will need to take that away for recycling.
Beach litter monitoring
There are many organisations who can help you with your beach clean. Most will check the litter found and will keep records. We can put you in touch with organisations.
Email the eco active team
Sea water monitoring
Sea water at 14 of the most popular beaches around Jersey is checked weekly between mid May and the end of September. Monitoring and analysis of samples conforms to strict European standards.
Visit the sea water monitoring webpage for more information and to see monitoring results.