Cleanup for Sarah

In order to mark the birthday of Sarah Auffret (June 16), people around the world have participated in cleanup actions every year since 2019.

AECO would like to encourage as many people as possible to use this date in June annually to rally together to clean up plastic litter in your outdoor environment, no matter if it is on a beach or anywhere else. This could be a community or individual effort, a social work event for staff, or an opportunity for cruise ship vessels to educate passengers further about how easily plastic waste ends up in the marine environment and what to do about it.

Join the 5th annual Clean up for Sarah from June 10-18

Since the start of Clean up for Sarah, a significant number of cleanups have taken place on this date all over the world, ranging as far afield as Asia and Australia, Europe and North America.  June 2023 marks the 5th annual Cleanup and we hope as many as possible will join in.

We ask you to also kindly register your clean ups on this interactive map  so we can see all your efforts. Please follow these easy instructrions:

  1. Sign up on
  2. Just take a picture of the litter you have picked. Make sure your location services are turned on*.
  3. Upload the picture and tag with CU4Sarah

* iPhone. Open Settings -> Privacy -> Location. Turn “Camera On While Using”.
* Android. Open the Camera. Go to camera settings => Activate Geotagging. Pull down top-menu and Activate GPS
Your photos are now geotagged!

AECO also encourages everyone to share their efforts on social media using the hashtag #CleanupforSarah and to post pictures on the Expedition Boat People page on Facebook.

AECO would like to hear of any efforts made to reduce plastic waste in the environment on these date at