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Join Us This Saturday at the International Coastal Cleanup!

Looking for something to do this weekend? Want to get outside and help fight marine debris? Join this year’s International Coastal Cleanup this Saturday, September 17th!

Each year, the International Coastal Cleanup brings people together from around the globe to clean up marine debris in their local communities. Last year, nearly 800,000 volunteers participated from 93 countries, removing over 18 million pounds of debris! The NOAA Marine Debris Program is proud to partner with the Ocean Conservancy to support this effort.

Join us this year—find a location near you and sign up to clean up!

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Sign Up to Clean Up at the 2016 International Coastal Cleanup!

It’s that time of year again—time to join together and fight marine debris at the International Coastal Cleanup (ICC)! This annual event, put on by the Ocean Conservancy and supported by the NOAA Marine Debris Program (MDP), brings people together from across the globe to clean up marine debris in their local communities. Last year’s cleanup resulted in more than 18 million pounds of trash collected by almost 800,000 volunteers!

MDP staff will be participating at locations throughout the country—which location will you be at? Find a location and sign up to clean up today! The 2016 International Coastal Cleanup is Saturday, September 17th—we’ll see you there!

Stay tuned to Facebook and Twitter, where we will be providing updates and more information about the ICC in the coming weeks!

Volunteers clean up trash along a riverbank in the Mid-Atlantic.

Volunteers remove debris along the banks of the Anacostia River in Washington, D.C. during the 2015 ICC. (Photo Credit: NOAA)

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2015 International Coastal Cleanup: a Success!

Thank you to all the volunteers that showed up and cleaned up at this year’s International Coastal Cleanup on Saturday! 2015 was another success due to the many volunteers that helped collect tons of trash!

This yearly event not only removes damaging marine debris from our beaches and waterways, but raises awareness of the important issue of marine debris. The data collected at each event is also used to discover what trash items are most problematic and most likely to become marine debris. Check out some of the debris we found in photos from this year’s event:

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Thanks again to all that helped us take another step closer to keeping our seas trash free at the 30th anniversary of the International Coastal Cleanup!

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International Coastal Cleanup Milestones: Celebrating 30 years of Cleaner Beaches and 10 years of MDP Involvement

Don’t forget to join the 30th International Coastal Cleanup tomorrow!

For 30 years, volunteers have been leading the charge against marine debris at the International Coastal Cleanup (ICC). The NOAA Marine Debris Program (MDP) is proud to have been involved with this important endeavor for 10 years and is looking forward to this year’s event.

Every September, thousands of volunteers participate in ICC marine debris removal efforts around the world. Last year alone, 560,000 volunteers collected more than 16 million pounds of trash! Unfortunately, there is still a lot of work to be done. Scouring their local beaches and waterways, volunteers find the same debris items again and again. Ten years ago, the top items collected were cigars/cigarettes, food wrappers, caps/lids, plastic utensils, bottles, cans, bags and straws. Last year—you guessed it—the list was the same. They’ve found some weird things too. Bowling balls, plastic toys, and even a message in a bottle have been part of the haul in past years. These finds highlight the importance of the ICC efforts, raising awareness for this continual problem as well as removing damaging debris. Join this year’s International Coastal Cleanup at a location near you tomorrow, September 19th, to be part of the fight for healthy oceans!

Take a look back at the 10 years of International Coastal Cleanup events that the NOAA Marine Debris Program is proud to have been part of:

Don’t forget to tell us about your experience using the hashtag #NOAACleanOcean.


What Types of Debris Will You Find at the 2015 International Coastal Cleanup?

It’s almost here! The 30th International Coastal Cleanup is this Saturday, September 19th! Last year, 560,000 volunteers prevented more than 16 million pounds of debris from entering our oceans. Here are some of the items they collected:

This year, do your part and sign up to join thousands of volunteers that are working to make our seas trash free!

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Don’t Forget to Join the 30th International Coastal Cleanup!

Don’t forget to sign up to clean up at this year’s International Coastal Cleanup! Come prepared to help pick up the litter in your area that can contribute to marine debris.

Last year, volunteers gathered all kinds of trash from all over the country. This included cigarette butts, toys, single-use cups and bottles, fishing line, and lots of other types of garbage that could have ended up in our oceans. Be part of this year’s effort and celebrate the 30th anniversary of the International Coastal Cleanup on Saturday, September 19th! We’ll see you there!


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Save the Date: International Coastal Cleanup


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Are you ready to take action? Join us on September 19th for the 30th International Coastal Cleanup! Be part of the largest, single-day volunteer effort to fight marine debris! Last year, 560,000 volunteers from 91 countries participated in this cleanup effort and picked up more than 16 million pounds of trash. California volunteers alone stopped almost 680,000 pounds of trash from entering our marine systems. That’s a lot of trash!

Join us this year for the International Coastal Cleanup’s 30th anniversary and make a difference in your area. Find a cleanup near you and sign up to clean up by registering online with the Ocean Conservancy; don’t forget to mark your calendar!

Tell us where you’ll be by using the hashtag #NOAACleanOcean.

See you on Saturday, September 19th!