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Registrations being taken for International Coastal Cleanup



In coordination with Keep Lee County Beautiful, the Sanibel-Captiva Conservation Foundation is serving as coordinator for the islands for the Ocean Conservancy’s annual International Coastal Cleanup on Sept. 19.

Every September for 34 years, ICC has motivated over 9 million people from around the world to pick up over 144 million pounds of trash from nearly 300,000 miles of shoreline as the largest volunteer effort of its kind.

While FGCU Service Learning students will do the cleanup this year on Captiva, there are two ways the public can participate in the Sanibel cleanup. One is in-person for pick up of materials and drop off of trash, and one is through an app and is totally contact-free. To participate by either option, sign up at www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0d4dabae2ea7fac43-sanibelcaptiva to commit to a specific stretch of beach to collect trash.

For in-person participants, pick up garbage bags, gloves and data sheets on any weekday between 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. from now to Sept. 18 at the Sanibel Sea School, at 455 Periwinkle Way, Sanibel.

On Sept. 19, transportation and parking will be the responsibility of the participants. Many beach access parking lots require city-issued parking stickers or require payment to park. There will be no parking passes available. For city parking locations and information, visit https://www.mysanibel.com/content/download/20283/120788/file/Parking%20Map%20and%20Rate%20Information.pdf.


Trash will be collected and weighed on Sept. 12 from 9 a.m. and noon at the SCCF Nature Center, at 3333 Sanibel-Captive Road, Sanibel. Participants will also need to hand in completed data sheets.

To participate in the contact-less way, download the Ocean Conservancy Clean Swell app to record trash/debris collected. You will need to provide your own garbage bags and gloves. The data collected will instantaneously upload to Ocean Conservancy’s global ocean trash database and be recorded.

SCCF recommends volunteers wear beach shoes, a hat and sunscreen.

Volunteers are asked to bring a reusable filled water container to reduce plastic use.

For questions, contact the SCCF at info@sccf.org.