Openings still available 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 set for Sept. 19. As of last week, several on-island sites were still available for registration.
Every September for 34 years, the International Coastal Cleanup 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.
There are two ways to participate in the islands 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. For either option, sign up at www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0d4dabae2ea7fac43-sanibelcaptiva and commit to a specific stretch of beach to collect trash.
In-person participants can 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.
As of Sept. 2, the following areas were still available:
• Buttonwood Lane (bayside) toward Sanibel Causeway
• Lighthouse Beach
• East Gulf Drive at Colony Inn to Beach Road
• Gulfside Park/Algiers Beach to Casa Ybel Resort
• Casa Ybel Resort to Tarpon Bay Road
• Tarpon Bay Road toward Beach Access #1
• Beach Access #1 toward Tarpon Bay Road
• Beach Access #7 toward Bowman’s Beach
• Bowman’s Beach toward Beach Access #7
• ‘Tween Waters beach toward Turner Beach
• ‘Tween Waters beach to Andy Rosse Lane
• Andy Rosse Lane to Alison Hagerup Beach
• Alison Hagerup Beach to Redfish Pass
On Sept. 19, transportation and parking will be the responsibility of the participants.
Trash will be collected and weighed on Sept. 19 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 the Ocean Conservancy global ocean trash database and be recorded.
The SCCF recommends that 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 email@example.com.