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International Coastal & Halifax/Indian River Cleanup



View the 2014 Coastal Cleanup pictures

Thank you to all the volunteers who helped during the
2014 International Coastal 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 for donating time, staff and/or supplies to make the event successful!

      

Join us for the 29th annual Ocean Conservancy International Coastal Clean-up, September 19, 2015 from 8-10:30 am
Registration will open August 1, 2015
and will close September 10th.
A clean-up memento may be given to all pre-registered participants!

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 responsible 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!  

For more information about the International Coastal Cleanup please visit www.oceanconservancy.org/cleanup or for local clean-up 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 rain at the start of the event, 942 adults and 259 kids (under 12) came out on September 20, 2014 to clean up trash along the shores of the beach, Halifax River and Indian River Lagoon. Those volunteers were located at 41 different sites.  In total, they removed over 7,100 pounds of trash on foot, kayak, paddleboard, canoe, motorboat and by scuba!!!

Top ten trash items collected in 2014

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

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. 

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

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

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.

Read more about marine debris.

Ginger Adair
Director
gadair@volusia.org

Lee Stone
Admin Coordinator II
lstone@volusia.org

 

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