International Coastal Cleanup Day - September 16, 2017
International Coast Cleanup Day - spearheaded by the Ocean Conservancy - is the worlds largest single day cleanup event with cleanups in all 50 states and over 100 countries around the world. In 2015, 791,336 volunteers worldwide removed 18,062,911 pounds of marine debris. Ocean Conservancy's Annual Index of Marine Debris
VolunteerCleanup.Org is the Miami-Dade host with 40+ sites across the county from Sunny Isles to Homestead.
Last year, in Miami Dade, 2,200 volunteers removed 17,500 pounds of marine debris on this one single day of service.
2017 Miami Coastal Cleanup Event Info
The 2017 Miami-Dade Coastal Cleanup will take place on Saturday, September 16th, 2017
This regional effort is part of the International Coastal Cleanup (ICC), which takes place every year on the third Saturday of September. The event is sponsored by the Ocean Conservancy (www.oceanconservancy.org) and is supported locally by business and environmentally conscious organizations.
Worldwide, thousands of volunteers from over 100 countries will spend their morning collecting millions of pounds of litter and debris on inland roadsides, coastal areas, inland lakes and rivers. Volunteers will assist in this effort to clean and protect the environment by eliminating debris that injures wildlife, contaminates our beaches and waterways, and threatens boater safety in Miami-Dade County.
The ICC is much more than just removing trash. By using detailed, standardized data cards, volunteers gather valuable information about the types and sources of debris found. Analyzed and tracked year by year, this information serves as a powerful tool for educating the public, influencing public policy, and effecting positive behavioral change on the part of individuals, organizations, and communities.
The collection of this data by cleanup volunteers of all ages and the resulting report prepared by The Ocean Conservancy is used in the following ways:
- To raise awareness of the quantities and types of marine debris;
- To determine the various sources of marine debris;
- To evaluate the impact of marine debris on wildlife and habitat;
- To assist in the enforcement of regulations against illegal dumping;
- To influence industries that manufacture products that cause harm to the marine environment.
We hope you can join us in Miami - or in any other shoreline throughout the world.