International Coastal Cleanup: This Weekend is the Big One!

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This Saturday and Sunday, September 21 and 22, bird watchers, fishermen, sailors, scuba divers, students, citizen groups and businesses will be cleaning up trash from Connecticut’s beaches, islands, and rivers as part of the International Coastal Cleanup (ICC). Our lead sponsor, Bank of America, has made the ICC event possible.

Save the Sound, the Connecticut coordinator for the ICC, has worked with cleanup captains to organize public cleanups at 25 locations this weekend and you’re invited to help out!  Beyond this big weekend of volunteer action, cleanups will continue throughout September and October.

Interested volunteers should check our calendar for listings of cleanups and register with the assigned cleanup captain. Check back often, as more dates are still being added! You can also help spread the word by inviting friends to our Facebook event.

Mark Watkins - Norwalk Island cleanup
Volunteers cleanup the Norwalk Islands by watercraft on September 1, 2013.

ICC, created by the Ocean Conservancy, is now in its 28th year and boasts participation in all 55 U.S. states and territories and 100 countries around the world. It is a unique event in that volunteers tally up all garbage they pick up on data cards, which we send to Ocean Conservancy for analysis. They use this information to track trends in marine debris and help stop it at its source. Last year, more than 550,000 people picked up more than 10 million pounds of trash along nearly 20,000 miles of coastline worldwide.  Last year 2,450 volunteers participating in 57 cleanups along 58 miles of the Connecticut coast collected 16, 310 pounds of litter and debris.

Bank of America is Lead Sponsor of Save the Sound’s ICC Cleanups in Connecticut

We would like to thank Bank of America for their generous support this year and commitment to community service!  Bank of America employees are leading and participating in a cleanup at Jennings Beach in Fairfield this Saturday, as well as co-leading a cleanup with the New Haven Rotary club at Lighthouse Point Park.

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Other Sponsors

We would like to thank Staples for gift cards used to purchase supplies, and Promotional Pencils for providing customized Save the Sound pencils that our volunteers will use to fill out those data sheets.

Questions? You can comment here, or email Chris Cryder  for more information.

Posted by Chris Cryder, Special Projects Coordinator, and Laura McMillan, Director of Communications for CFE/Save the Sound

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