Clean Ocean Action's Beach Sweeps is one of the longest running cleanups in the world. The cleanup first started in 1985 at Sandy Hook with 75 volunteers. The volunteers were given different color T-shirts. Each color designated a different type of item the volunteer was to collect. The T-shirts represented the major categories that items are made of: plastic, glass, metal, wood and foam plastic.
Clean Ocean Action developed a video called "Clean Beaches.... Naturally" to further educate the public about the goals of beach cleanups and the negative impact marine debris has on marine life and to encourage further participation in the sweeps.