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Keepin' the Sea Free of Debris!

Save the Date: International Coastal Cleanup, September 21st

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By: Asma Mahdi

Coming this September, you can pick up plastic water bottles, soda cans, food wrappers, cups, plates, forks, spoons, and knives. They’re not for a picnic – these items are on Ocean Conservancy’s list of “Top 10 Items Found” during last year’s International Coastal Cleanup, with cigarette butts leading the pack, and there will be no shortage of them to pick up this year.

Ocean Conservancy

Image credit: Ocean Conservancy

In 2012, nearly 600,000 volunteers in 97 countries joined the ICC, cleaning more than 10-million pounds of marine debris from inland communities, coastal waterways, and beaches in three hours.

We urge you to participate in the largest, single-day volunteer effort at the 2013 ICC, coming up in just a month. Remember to save the date: September 21, 2013 for this year’s ICC event.

To locate a cleanup site near you, log on to Ocean Conservancy’s ICC map online and mark your calendar!

Check back for more information and tips on this year’s cleanup and ways you can help Keep the Sea Free of Debris!

Author: NOAA Marine Debris Program

The NOAA Marine Debris Program envisions the global ocean and its coasts, users, and inhabitants free from the impacts of marine debris. Our mission is to investigate and solve the problems that stem from marine debris, in order to protect and conserve our nation's marine environment, natural resources, industries, economy, and people.

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