We will clean 20 000 beaches along the Norwegian coastline


From 2020-2025 we will clean more than 20 000 beaches/hotspots.

By deviding the coastline in 75 sectors with a radius of 10 nautical miles, our 5 teams will have 11 weeks of cleaning in each sector.

On a total of 20 000 beaches or hotspots, we expect to find 100 000 parts of fishing nets (trawl nets) from commercial fishing boats, 2.5 million ropes and millions of plastic bottles.

Our long term volunteers will do 60% of the job and we expect local volunteers to do around 40%, with the help of our boats for logistics.

During 2020 we collected about 400 tons of beach litter. The ambitions ahead are based on a proportional increase in crew and logistics. In 2021 we will have 2 times bigger crew than in 2019.

77% is Norwegian
77% of the litter on the Norwegian coastline is from Norwegian sources. (Mepex Consult)

You can help us by using Facebook donations. You can also arrange your own fundraiser with ITSB as recipient.

We are aiming our recourses to areas where there is no or low activity from other organizations and beach cleaning actors, but we are still available for help with logistics for those who are welcoming our support.

Happy beach cleaners in front of “De 7 Søstre” at Helgeland, just below the arctic circle.

Voluntary work for 150 000 000 NOK

The value of our voluntary work is calculated to 150 000 000 Norwegian Krones (15 mill Euro) from 2020-2025.

Our crew is mostly young people that travel to Norway from all over the world, paying the travel with their own money, to help us clean as volunteers.

Right now, more than 3 000 young adults is on our waiting list, to join us.

Statistics of our volunteer applicants: Statistikk om frivillige

We are also supporting the local volunteer spirit by helping out with logistics and organization of cleanups with the locals. In 2019 we collected waste from more than 220 locally organized beach cleaning operations.

80% from the seafood industry
More than 80% of the waste we collect has it’s origin from the seafood industry. (Salt Lofoten).

Norway has the longest coastline in the world after Canada, and we think it’s the most beautiful one in the world.

Now, we will make sure that we also has the cleanest coastline in the world, and thereby strengthen Norways name and brand as a fishing nation and a destination for travel and recreation with fertile oceans and great nature and wildlife.

8 ganger mer forsøplet
Den Norske kystlinjen er 8 ganger mer forsøplet enn verdensgjennomsnittet. (NORCE).

How do we spend the funding?

The costs for running 5 teams along the coastline with 10 vessels in total is about 25 million NOK (3.1 mill Euro) pr. year. The costas is distributed like this:

Professional crew and team leaders34%
Leasing of vessels and other equipment31%
Waste management10%
Technical costs (fuel, maintenance, insurance)8%
Equipment for cleaning (bags, gloves, etc.)5%
External services, accounting, lawyers, advisory++3%
Communication and marketing3%
Food and accommodation for crew and volunteers2%
Travel costs for crew1%
Corona quarantine1%
Other costs1%

Low salary level
The salary level for our full time employees is low compared to other businesses in similar categories, working at sea, from 3 500 euro to 5 000 euro pr. month. The variations are due to education, responsibilities and seniority. Full time employees are mostly skippers, hosts and other personell working at sea, but we also have a few positions for administration, communication and management.


How do we handle the trash we collect?
Most of the trash we collect is sent to Ogoori for material recycling, but some of it is going to the local waste management companies.

Are we doing more than beach cleaning, other types of work?
No, we are 100% dedicated for beach cleaning and saving the ocean, and our recourses are not used for anything else.

Are we political engaged?
No, we are 100% political independent – BUT we try to influence politicians and businesses to make good systems to prevent plastic pollution.

How do we work with businesses?
We have a positive dialogue with businesses and try to help them to solve their challenges with waste. A lot of businesses are helping us with funding, and some times we make special agreements about where to clean beaches for the money they’ve donated.

Is someone making money from our operations?
No – Our structure is driven in a “non profit” model, that means noe one is having any profit – all our funding goes to the purpose. We have also decided to have low wages for our employees, which makes us work only with people that has a high motivation and personal engagement in sustainability and plastic pollution – no one should be motivated by money to be a part of our team!

What is the cost of cleaning a beach?

The variations of costs may be large, as the landscape, the weather conditions, the composition of waste and the time of year and the seasons are changing. The distance from cleaning site to delivery is also a factor. But in average, we can explain it like this:

To clean?Cost?
1 kilo1.5 euro
1 bag15 euro
1 average beach750 euro

Want to know more?

If you want to know even more about who we are and how we work, here is more info (in Norwegian):


“Levende hav” is a project name we are using for the collaboration between ITSB and other beach cleaning actors.

Our sponsors and partners

Our activities along the Norwegian coastline would not be possible without the financial support we get from companies, organizations and persons. We cannot list all of them, but here are a few that have made a big difference: