What Is International Coastal Cleanup Day?

residential waste systemsTomorrow is International Coastal Cleanup Day! People around the country (and the world) will be heading to their local beaches to volunteer to collect trash and protect our local environment. But do you know why people are gathering to volunteer to protect our oceans?

About International Coastal Cleanup Day:

International Coastal Cleanup Day is an annual event that happens each year on the third Saturday of September. It has been an ongoing annual event for nearly three decades!

This volunteer effort is designed to protect our oceans from plastic waste. By taking the time to clean up our beach, we can keep plastic away from our seabirds, sea turtles, and fish. Ocean pollution is a serious problem that affects the health of our oceans, the animals in it, and our environment overall. Below are a few of the most common items collected during the coastal cleanup each year.

Common Items Collected:

  • Cigarette Butts
  • Plastic Bottles
  • Bottle Caps
  • Food Wrappers
  • Grocery Bags
  • Plastic Cup Lids
  • Straws
  • Stirrers
  • Glass Bottles
  • Foam Containers

Although these items may seem tiny or insignificant, they had a big impact on the environment around us. In fact, the total global weight of trash collected was equivalent to 700 African Elephants! That is a lot of trash.

If you can’t make it to coastal cleanup event this weekend, you can still do your part! Make sure that you properly dispose of all of your waste and don’t forget to put out your recycling, too! If you do want to head down to the beach and help out, find a beach cleanup near you here.


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