Make this your weekend plan: The International Coastal Cleanup!

September 20, 2010 | By | Comments (2)


Mark it on your calendar! This Saturday is Ocean Conservancy's 25th annual International Coastal Cleanup. Here are the facts: In 2009, volunteers picked up 1.1 million plastic bags AND enough single-use cups, plates, forks, spoons, etc. to have a picnic for 100,000 people. Sad to say, but that's a lot of floating trash. Good news though is that if you live on or near a coast, you can easily get involved.

What it is: Every September more than half-a-million people in 100 countries remove millions of pounds of trash from beaches and waterways all over the world—and collect data on what they find.

What happens with the data: Volunteers record every item they find on cards. Ocean Conservancy analyzes the data each year and publishes the world’s only item-by-item, location-by-location snapshot of marine debris in an annual report.

Who does it: Everyday people, lawmakers, celebs–basically anyone who cares about keeping our seas healthy.

How you can get involved: Find a cleanup near you and sign up to participate by clicking on this map.

So here's the plan: grab your friends, kids, husband, mailman, sister's best friend's neighbor or whoever and do some good this Saturday. Be sure to tell us about it in a comment below; we'd love to hear.

P.S. Do you recognize Vikki in the video? Click here to find out where you've seen her.


  1. Monique

    Visit the Fitzgeral Marine Reserve’s website for more information on local coastal habitat and Coast Clean Up Day.

    February 1, 2011 at 8:01 pm
  2. Christopher

    We drove to California this last week and went camping next to the beach. I was impressed with how clean the beaches are. Probably because of all the people. The ocean is such a beautiful and necessary resource. I always have the kids pick up trash as we walk. It is good for them and the environment.

    October 20, 2011 at 8:25 am

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