Still time to sign up for Sept. 21 Delaware Coastal CleanupRegistration deadline Sept. 9
There’s still time to sign up for the 27th annual Delaware Coastal Cleanup before the preregistration deadline at the close of the business day, Monday, Sept. 9. This year’s cleanup will be held from 9 a.m. to noon, Saturday, Sept. 21, targeting nearly 50 sites in New Castle, Kent and Sussex counties. Sponsored by the Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control, the cleanup spans the First State’s 97-mile eastern coastline and includes river and ocean shorelines as well as wetland and watershed areas.
Volunteers are strongly encouraged to preregister on the DNREC website to ensure enough supplies are packed for each site, including the 2013 Coastal Cleanup T-shirt, given in appreciation of volunteers’ efforts. To preregister, go to www.dnrec.delaware.gov/CoastalCleanup. On the day of the event, T-shirts will be distributed to volunteers while supplies last on a first-come, first-served basis.
At last year’s Coastal Cleanup, 1,400 dedicated volunteers from civic organizations, youth groups, businesses and families collected 7.8 tons of trash from more than 40 sites along Delaware’s shorelines and tributaries. More than four tons of that trash - mostly aluminum cans and plastic bottles - was recycled.
Delaware’s Coastal Cleanup is part of the Ocean Conservancy’s International Coastal Cleanup, the world’s largest annual clearing of trash from coastlines and lakes by volunteers. Hundreds of thousands of people all over the world help each year to rid the environment of marine debris and collect detailed information on the types and quantities of refuse they find.
This information is recorded on data cards and forwarded to the Center for Marine Conservation, which compiles data for all of the cleanups held in the country and around the world. This information helps identify the source of the debris and focus efforts on eliminating or reducing it.
The Ocean Conservancy supplies trash bags, data cards and marine debris brochures. Delaware’s cleanup is cosponsored by Delmarva Power, which provides T-shirts for the participants. DNREC is responsible for organizing the event, recruiting volunteers, distributing supplies, ensuring trash removal and tabulating data. Playtex Division of Energizer Personal Care, which provides gloves, and trash and recyclables hauler Waste Management also return as sponsors. DuPont’s Clear into the Future program also joins the sponsor list for the 2013 cleanup.
For more information about the Ocean Conservancy and the International Coastal Cleanup, visit www.oceanconservancy.org. For more information about the Delaware Coastal Cleanup, call Joanna Wilson, Delaware Coastal Cleanup coordinator, at 302-739-9902.