Thanks to volunteers from around the globe, the International Coastal Cleanup has become a movement that spans across borders and inspires action in support of the world’s oceans. Ocean Conservancy, the host of the global event, notes that nearly 800,000 volunteers collected more than 18 million pounds of trash from around the world during the International Coastal Cleanup last year.
This year, all are invited to join Sanibel-Captiva Conservation Foundation to help clean the beaches of Sanibel and Captiva Islands on Saturday, September 21.
SCCF will provide trash bags, data cards, gloves, water and a T-shirt to all participants before they head out for their beach assignments from 9 to 11 a.m.
The majority of the items typically collected on Sanibel’s beaches are cigarette butts, plastic beverage bottles, food wrappers, plastic bottle caps, straws, plastic bags, glass beverage bottles, metal bottle caps and plastic lids.
After collecting, documenting and disposing of their trash at the SCCF Nature Center, volunteers will be offered complimentary lunch items starting at 11 a.m. at Doc Ford’s Rum Bar & Grille.
Our local Coastal Cleanup efforts are coordinated in partnership by the SCCF and Keep Lee County Beautiful as part of the Ocean Conservancy’s International Coastal Cleanup.
To work Gulfside City Park or Bowman’s Beach, sign up at www.klcb.org/coastal-cleanup.html.
For other island locations or more information, contact Alex Horn at [email protected] or call the SCCF at 239-472-2329. SCCF is located at 3333 Sanibel-Captiva Road on Sanibel Island.