International Coastal Cleanup

International Coastal Cleanup

History

The International Coastal Cleanup began more than 30 years ago, when communities rallied together with the common goal of collecting and documenting the trash littering their coastline. The movement was catalyzed by the passion and spirit of two committed individuals. Back in 1986, Linda Maraniss moved to Texas from Washington, DC, where she had been working for Ocean Conservancy. She’d been inspired by the work her Ocean Conservancy colleague Kathy O’Hara was doing on a groundbreaking report called Plastics in the Ocean: More than a Litter Problem that would be published the next year.

Linda and Kathy reached out to the Texas General Land Office, local businesses and other dedicated ocean-lovers, and planned what would become Ocean Conservancy’s first Cleanup. They asked volunteers to go beyond picking up trash and record each item collected on a standardized data card in order to identify ways to eliminate ocean trash in the future.

The Cleanup has grown immensely in the 30 years since Linda and Kathy’s first Cleanup. Volunteers from states and territories throughout the U.S. and more than 100 countries come together each year and participate in a Cleanup event near them.

KCB has been involved for 20 years! Come join us!

With our passion for protecting the planet and our local waterways, Keep Charlotte Beautiful is proud to pledge our support and participate in the global movement by organizing a Coastal Cleanup on Charlotte County’s shorelines.

Where: Beaches, canals, and waterways throughout the county!
When: Choose a date your family prefers!
Time: To be determined by your group!
Who: Anyone who can pick up litter or help beautify or community!
Fee: This is a free community event open to KCB members and non-members.

The first 700 to register will get a free t-shirt!

The fine details!

This year, we will only be having small group cleanups. Those that you are usually around would be best!

We also provide safety and collection supplies for your cleanup. The pickup will be at 25550 Harbor View Rd., Suite 2 by appointment. Email Rhonda.Harvey@charlottecountyfl.gov. Your group lead will pick up the supplies.

Approximately 80% of litter that is on our roads, ends up in our waterways. Please consider other areas for cleanup. Roadways near canals are great places to start!

Cleanup reports need to be turned in within one week of your cleanup. We need these numbers to continue getting donated supplies and support from the community.