The cleanliness of the beaches and water are among Warnemünde’s most important qualities. That’s why in 2018 Warnemünde was once again awarded the “Blue Flag”, the environmental symbol for clean beaches and water quality. The beach is cleaned every day in the peak season, and 3 times per week in the off-peak season. The beach cleaning covers an area of approx. 7.5 kilometres of beach from Diedrichshagen through to the Westmole pier and from the Ostmole pier through to Markgrafenheide (Rosenort). The amount of waste collected and disposed of varies between 1 and 4 tonnes every day depending on the time of year and weather.
The tourism centre welcomes the initiatives from associations and volunteers who call attention to the topic. They support the commitment from the City of Rostock and strengthen the sense of responsibility and mutual consideration in visitors to the beach.
Did you know that cigarette butts don’t rot? That’s because cigarette filters are composed of cellulose acetate, a synthetic material, which only disintegrates into smaller and smaller parts over several years - and thus causes severe damage in the sea as well as on land. Cigarette butts are the most frequently found pieces of marine litter on Warnemünde beach.
<span">With just a small contribution, you can help to preserve the sensitive Baltic sea and beach ecosystems for generations to come. By using a beach ashtray to dispose of cigarette butts, you can avoid unnecessary waste and thus help protect the environment. What if you don’t have a beach ashtray? You can get one for free in our tourist information centre while stocks last.
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Marine litter – less is more
According to studies (2015) by The Coastal Union Germany, an average of 68 pieces of litter are found over a stretch of 100 metres. The bulk of this is comprised of plastic waste, followed by paper waste, the majority of which is cigarette butts. The latter in particular are not biodegradable and thus cause long-term pollution and damage to the environment.
In order to draw attention to the effects and the long-term damage to the beach and Baltic, we are committed to working with our partners at The Coastal Union Germany and the Wasserwacht lifeguard service of the German Red Cross (DRK).
Do you want to actively contribute and help to keep our beaches clean?