VolunteerCleanup.org invites you to our annual county-wide event to be a part of the largest one-day volunteer effort against Ocean Trash. Ocean Conservancy’s 34th annual International Coastal Cleanup takes place in over 100 countries worldwide, and here in Miami-Dade, we are organizing 40+ simultaneous cleanups all over the county that will be attended by thousands of volunteers. Will you be one of them?
Miami-Dade’s local participation in this world-wide event is powered by VolunteerCleanup.org, alongside our 40+ partner organizations and Site Captains who lead the individual cleanups in our program, and is made possible by the generous support of our sponsor Covanta, with additional support from Capital One Café, Wells Fargo, and Miami Beach Suncare.
Find an ICC cleanup near you and register today!
Scientists estimate that more than 17 billion pounds of plastic enter our ocean every year threatening marine life from corals polyps to sharks, the health of people, and local economies. By the year 2050, there will be more plastic in the ocean than fish!
International Coastal Cleanup ( ICC) is the world's largest, one-day volunteer effort to clean up the marine environment and raise awareness for this issue. Spearheaded by the Ocean Conservancy, the annual effort, now in its 34th year, takes place on the 3rd Saturday each September.
VolunteerCleanup.org organizes Miami's regional ICC effort, with 40+ individual cleanup events across the county. See above for registration information. To find a site outside of Miami, please visit the Ocean Conservancy Page.
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. Volunteers at ICC actively participate in a unique global citizen science project. Not only will they be removing marine debris, but they will also catalog and tally what they find using the Ocean Conservancy’s data collection cards or Clean Swell App. The resulting item-by-item, location-by-location Ocean Trash Index filled with amazing infographics and charts that Ocean Conservancy compiles each year provides the only global snapshot of the marine debris littering coasts and waterways around the world. This valuable information about the types and sources of debris found Analyzed and tracked year by year, 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:
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