Just like every day is Earth Day for some people, every day is Coastal Cleanup Day for some of the regulars lucky enough to make it to the beach day in, day out. This Saturday September 15th is the chance for everyone to make it Coastal Cleanup Day by joining in an organized cleanup near you or by starting your own cleanup!
This is a great chance to give back to your community and help prevent the litter on your local beaches, streets and sidewalks from becoming marine debris that can harm wildlife and impact the marine environment. Up to 80% of plastic in the ocean comes from land-based sources and plastics comprise up to 90% of floating marine debris. Plastic typically makes up 70-90% of the items found at Surfrider Foundation cleanups throughout the year.
The Ocean Conservancy organizes the overall International Coastal Cleanup on Saturday while regional groups such as the California Coastal Commission organize on a statewide basis. The regional groups work with local organizations and individuals to host the cleanups. It takes the whole community to cleanup the coast!
Last year 600,000 people pitched in and here’s what they found.