International Coastal Cleanup Day

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Have you heard of the International Coastal Cleanup? It happens every year in September and is the largest global volunteer day in service to our lakes, oceans, and rivers. Each year, approximately 600,000 people worldwide dedicate time to cleaning up their local waterways. The catch is that they record every single piece of trash collected! The results are then sent to the Ocean Conservancy and published into an annual report to give us an idea of exactly what is floating around in our oceans (hint: the most prevalent item is small, plastic, and brown and white in color).Volunteers cleaning the beach!

Last year, over 10 million pounds of trash were collected. Items ranged from lottery tickets to tires to toothbrushes. What will be found this year?

The 2013 International Coastal Cleanup Day is Saturday, September 21, although cleanups that happen throughout the month will count towards the trash totals.  Soundkeeper is coordinating cleanups around the Sound and invites you to join us!

Want to add your own cleanup to this list? Contact kathryn@pugetsoundkeeper.org for more information. Soundkeeper can help you find a site, provide trash pick up supplies, and recruit volunteers.

2013 Sites:

September 6 – Seattle, Golden Gardens

September 11 – Seattle, Fremont Ship Canal

September 15 – Bellingham, Locust Beach – led by Surfrider Foundation

September 19 – Bainbridge Island, Pritchard Park

September 21 – Seattle, Centennial/Myrtle Edwards Park, 9:00am – 12:00pm

September 21 – Seattle, Alki Beach Park, 9:00am – 12:00pm

September 21 – Seattle, Blake Island with transportation provided by Argosy Cruises, 9:00am – 3:00pm

September 21 – Port Townsend – led by the Port Townsend Marine Science Center

September 21 – Gig Harbor, Purdy Spit, 9:00am – 1:00pm

September 25 – Seattle, Discovery Park – led by Surfrider Foundation

September 28 – Duwamish Waterway Park