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Volunteers needed for Sept. 15 beach and river cleanups

Posted On: July 10, 2018

Volusia County residents can think globally and act locally during the International Coastal Cleanup and the Halifax/Indian River Cleanup from 8 to 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 15.

Volusia County’s Environmental Management Division is looking for volunteers to remove trash from beaches, rivers and parks during this worldwide event.

Last year, over 789,000 volunteers around the world collected more than 20 million pounds of trash during the International Coastal Cleanup, which is sponsored by the Ocean Conservancy.

International Coastal Cleanup logoVolusia County combines the International Coastal Cleanup with the Halifax/Indian River Cleanup to enhance the environmental impact. Last year, 1,082 Volusia County volunteers collected 4,545 pounds of trash during the cleanups.

In addition to taking part in the cleanup, residents can have a major impact on marine debris simply by reducing the amount of waste they create on a daily basis and by organizing their own beach cleanup, noted cleanup coordinator Becki O’Keefe. For information about organizing a beach cleanup, please visit www.volusiaseaturtles.org under the “Beach environment” tab.

Volunteers can register online at www.volusia.org/cleanup from Aug. 1 through Aug. 31. Participants are asked to bring garden gloves, drinking water, and buckets for collecting trash. They should wear a hat, sunscreen, comfortable clothing and outdoor footwear. 

Beach cleanup sites include:

  • Michael Crotty Bicentennial Park, 1800 N. Ocean Shore Blvd., Ormond-by-the-Sea
  • Tom Renick Park, 1575 Ocean Shore Blvd., Ormond-by-the-Sea
  • Birthplace of Speed Park, 21 Ocean Shore Blvd, Ormond Beach
  • Andy Romano Beachfront Park, 839 S. Atlantic Ave., Ormond Beach
  • Sun Splash Park, 611 S. Atlantic Ave., Daytona Beach
  • Frank Rendon Park, 2705 S. Atlantic Ave., Daytona Beach Shores
  • Van Avenue Park, 3101 S. Atlantic Ave., Daytona Beach Shores
  • Winter Haven Park, 4589 S. Atlantic Ave., Ponce Inlet
  • North Beach Community Park, Sapphire Road and North Atlantic Ave., New Smyrna Beach
  • Flagler Avenue Beachfront Park, 100 Buenos Aires St., New Smyrna Beach
  • 27th Avenue Park, 3701 S. Atlantic Ave., New Smyrna Beach
  • Mary McLeod Bethune Beach Park, 6656 S. Atlantic Ave., New Smyrna Beach

River cleanup sites include:

  • Sanchez Park, 329 Sanchez Ave., Ormond Beach
  • Sunrise Park North, 1135 Riverside Drive, Holly Hill 
  • Daytona Beach City Island Park, 105 E. Magnolia Ave., Daytona Beach
  • Riverwalk Park, 3431 Ridgewood Ave., Port Orange
  • Port Orange Causeway Park, 93 Dunlawton Ave., Port Orange
  • Turnbull Bay, between 2880 and 2902 Sunset Drive, New Smyrna Beach
  • George Kennedy Park, 103 N. Riverside Drive, Edgewater
  • River Breeze Park, 250 H.H. Burch Road, Oak Hill

Some river locations have boat launches where participants can bring their kayaks, paddle boards, canoes or motor boats to access hard-to-reach coastlines.

For more information, please contact Becki O’Keefe at bokeefe@volusia.org or 386-238-4716.