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International Coastal Cleanup returns this weekend

By Staff | Sep 17, 2009

On Saturday, Sept. 19, the Sanibel-Captiva Conservation Foundation (SCCF) invites you to participate in an international volunteer effort to rid our coastlines and waterways of marine litter, pollution and debris.

Last year, more than 400,000 volunteers worldwide removed 6.8 million pounds of coastal trash that can hurt local economies, injure and kill marine wildlife, and choke the ocean environment. SCCF partners in the Ocean Conservancy’s 24th Annual Coastal Cleanup are Keep Lee County Beautiful, Captiva Kayak and the City of Sanibel.

Participation is easy. Bring your friends and family to the SCCF headquarters, located at 3333 San-Cap Road between 9 a.m. and noon to check in and pick up your Coastal Cleanup Data card and trash bags. If you prefer, you may sign in on Captiva at Captiva Kayak , located at 11401 Andy Rosse Lane. Water and snacks will be provided at both sites as well as a dumpster to deposit your trash.

Last year, volunteers picked up 3,216,991 cigarettes and plastic filters topping the worldwide marine litter list. Plastic bags came in second with 1,377,141 collected. Trash in the ocean is one of the most widespread problems threatening our waterways today and it is all preventable.

If you have questions or want to pick up your data cards ahead of time, please call Dee at SCCF at 472-2329. See you at the Coastal Cleanup!

Source: SCCF