International Coastal Cleanup Day In Miami-Dade County Set for Sept.19

MIAMI  (September 8, 2015) - International Coastal Cleanup Day in Miami-Dade County is set to take place Sept. 19 from 9 a.m. to noon at 40 different sites across the county. Organizers of the event, VolunteerCleanup.org, are expecting approximately 3,200 volunteers to collect five tons of trash and debris from 30 miles of coastline.

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International Coastal Cleanup Day In Miami-Dade County Set for Sept.19

3,200 local volunteers expected to collect five tons of trash and debris from 30 miles of coastline

 

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MIAMI  (September 8, 2015) - International Coastal Cleanup Day in Miami-Dade County is set to take place Sept. 19 from 9 a.m. to noon at 40 different sites across the county. Organizers of the event, VolunteerCleanup.org, are expecting approximately 3,200 volunteers to collect five tons of trash and debris from 30 miles of coastline.

 

The largest single-day, worldwide volunteer event of its kind, the 30th annual International Coastal Cleanup Day spearheaded globally by the Ocean Conservancy, attracts hundreds of thousands of volunteers from across the globe dedicated to the improvement of beaches, coastal regions and surrounding areas.  During the 2014 cleanup alone, more than 500,000 volunteers collected 16 million pounds of trash along 13,000 miles of coastline.  Volunteers do more than just pick up trash: they document every bag, bowling ball and bottle cap, contributing to the only annual index of global marine debris. This citizen science has informed policy, and led to a new area of scientific research. 

“While we cannot possibly pick up all of the trash in the ocean by hand, events like this can be tremendously effective and impactful for raising awareness about the root of the problem,” said Dara Schoenwald, executive director of VolunteerCleanup.Org. “People simply do not realize that cigarette butts are made of plastic and not biodegradable. So when volunteers participate in a cleanup event like International Coastal Cleanup, they experience the delicate issues first-hand, become more conscious about their own actions, and are more likely to educate and influence others. Many of our volunteers are students who learn at an early age that they can reduce their consumption of single-use plastics by carrying and refilling a reusable water bottle, bringing their own reusable bags to the store, and skipping a drinking straw. It’s also a great way to earn required community service hours.”  Find a participating cleanup site and register to volunteer here: http://www.volunteercleanup.org/mdcc

 

Florida’s response to this issue began in 1988 when 10,500 volunteers cleaned 915 miles of shoreline and collected 194 tons of debris. Since then, the number of volunteers and participating organizations has grown steadily, and the event continues to have a profound and positive global impact.  For this year’s after-party, Miami-Dade's International Coastal Cleanup Day and VolunteerCleanup.org invite volunteers to The 8thAnnual Everglades Awareness Benefit Concert at Gramps, 176 N.W. 24th St. in Miami, for a post-cleanup celebration. Volunteers can enjoy live music and meet other change-makers. The party begins at 4 p.m. on Sept. 19.  Entry is $10 and goes towards Love The Everglades Movement, but free for the first 300 volunteers under 21 with a volunteer wristband. Minors must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian.

 

Miami-Dade's International Coastal Cleanup Day is powered by VolunteerCleanup.org, presented by Covanta and sponsored by  Reef Safe Suncare; Show Management, producers of Yacht Miami Beach; and Surfrider Foundation Miami. 

 

About VolunteerCleanup.org

VolunteerCleanup.org is a grassroots effort that engages and supports volunteers to clean up their neighborhoods, shorelines and waterways. Its website serves as a central repository for volunteers looking to join one of the many local cleanup events organized by a variety of other organizations, or as a place for hosts organizing a cleanup to post their event and reach the organization’s database of volunteers. Volunteers can sign-up for alerts and receive weekly email notifications about local cleanup events in their area, or can simply search on the website by zip code to find upcoming cleanup events near them. For more information and to find the nearest volunteer cleanup site, please visit VolunteerCleanup.org.

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