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International Coastal & Halifax/Indian River Cleanup


 

Thank you for your interest in keeping our beaches and waterways beautiful!

Join us for the 29th annual Ocean Conservancy

International Coastal Clean-up:  
September 19, 2015  

8-10:30 am     

 THANK YOU TO ALL THE VOLUNTEERS WHO CLEANED DURING THE 2014 CLEAN-UP!

A special THANK YOU to the Ocean Conservancy, Florida Inland Navigation District (FIND), Waste Pro, Republic Services, CFB Outdoors, Inc., Zephyrhills Body Glove SURGE, Walgreens, New Smyrna Beach Home Depot, Marine Discovery Center and the Marine Science Center.

Each third Saturday in September, volunteers around the WORLD work together to clean trash and recyclables from our beaches, rivers and other waterways. Please join us locally on September 19th for the 2015 International Coastal Clean-up (ICC).

Registration will open August 1, 2015 and will close September 10th. A clean-up memento may be given to all pre-registered participants!

During this unique clean-up event, volunteers document every piece of trash they find on standardized trash tally data cards*, provided by the Ocean Conservancy. This information is used to produce the world’s only state-by-state, country-by-country Marine Debris Index. By understanding the sources of marine debris, we can work together to solve the litter problem.

From product designs and packaging to waste disposal, we all have a role to play in keeping our oceans clean and eliminating marine debris. Everyone can make good choices every day to protect our oceans – every action counts! Reduce, reuse, recycle and rethink your connection to the ocean. Please  dispose of waste in recycling or trash containers and participate in helping to remove trash littered year round at your favorite park, beach, or in your neighborhood!

*All volunteers should be prepared to have a person designated in your team or group to write down the amount and type of trash you pick up, as you remove it, on the provided tally cards.

For more information about the International Coastal Cleanup please visit www.oceanconservancy.org/cleanup or for local information contact Stacey Bell at (386) 238-4716 or sbell@volusia.org.

2014 Results of the Ocean Conservancy’s International Coastal and Halifax/Indian River clean-up:

Despite overcast and rainy conditions, 942 adults and 259 kids (under 12) came out on September 20, 2014 to clean the shores of the beach, Halifax River and Indian River Lagoon. Those volunteers, at 41 different sites removed over 7,100 pounds of trash on foot, kayak, paddleboard, canoe, motorboat and by scuba!!!

At the 2014 Coastal Clean-up event, volunteers counted and removed over 48,600 cigarette butts!!! This was the most filters ever removed during an event in Volusia County! DID YOU KNOW that cigarette filters are made mostly out of a type of plastic and some filters have been shown to leech chemicals into the environment*? Plastics in nature can persist for a long time and be harmful to the health of waterways and wildlife!

Volunteers counted and removed over 1,000 plastic grocery bags and 298 balloons from our coastlines! DID YOU KNOW that bags and balloons in water ways can be eaten by whales, dolphins, sea turtles, birds and other wildlife? Once eaten, these objects can kill animals.  Remember to always anchor balloons properly and look into alternative activities other than any form of balloon release. 

* http://www.longwood.edu/CLEANVA/ciglitterarticle.htm

Results of the Ocean Conservancy’s International Coastal and Halifax/Indian River clean-up on September 21, 2013:

Volusia County hosted 46 clean-up locations in 2013.  A total of 1,775 volunteers cleaned trash from 83 miles of our coastlines on foot, kayak, paddleboard, canoe, motorboat and by scuba! In total, they collected 8,315 pounds of trash!

The information that volunteers recorded on the tally cards during this event shows the resource managers, citizen, manufacturers, and environmentalists about the trash accumulating along our coasts.

Here are the top ten items and types of trash collected in Volusia County in 2012 and 2013:

Item

2012
Total Items

2013
Total Items

Cigarettes/Cigarette Filters

17,358

42,803

Bottle Caps, Lids (Plastic)

4,531

11,648

Straws & Stirrers

3,050

3,270

Food Wrappers/Containers (Plastic & Foam)

2,833

7,074

Bags(Plastic)

2,344

2,478

Beverage Bottles (Plastic, 2 liters or less) 

2,223

2,695

Beverage Cans

2,129

2,069

Glass Beverage Bottles

1,574

1,646

Cups, Plates, Forks, Knives, Spoons (Plastic, Paper & Foam)

1,253

2,804

Cigar Tips

983

1,009

Top Ten Totals

38,278

77,496

 

Over 50% of the trash items collected in 2013 are “most likely to finds items” related to shoreline and recreational activities (including mostly BOTTLE CAPS, FOOD WRAPPERS, TAKE-OUT CONTAINERS, PLASTIC BAGS, PLASTIC BOTTLES and CANS)!

Learn more about TRASH:
Trash is one of the most widespread pollution problems threatening our oceans and waterways worldwide – yet it’s entirely preventable. Marine debris is more than an eyesore. It is a threat to marine wildlife and ecosystems. It undermines tourism and economic activity, potentially threatening our food supply and human health. When we trash our ocean, we trash our life support system.

To read more about marine debris.

Ginger Adair
Director
gadair@volusia.org

Lee Stone
Admin Coordinator II
lstone@volusia.org

 

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