Calls for Volunteers for Earth Day Clean Up April 22!
Sandy Hook, NJ — Clean Ocean Action (COA) released the 2016 Beach Sweeps Report highlighting the twelve most commonly collected items (“The Dirty Dozen”) along with the most outrageous finds (“The Roster of the Ridiculous”) and the breakdown of 218,807 pieces of marine debris collected by volunteers last year. With over 70 locations, the Beach Sweeps is New Jersey’s largest volunteer-driven environmental cleanup. The report was co-written by Kari Martin and Mary-Beth Thompson of Clean Ocean Action.
Numbers were down sharply due to rainy, gusty weather during last year’s Fall event. The wet weather made for soggy data cards, yet over 1,257 volunteers braved the conditions and removed over 65,000 pieces of marine debris.
The data creates a legacy of information that is used to fight for better anti-litter programs and educate people about the harms caused by marine debris to the economy and wildlife. The spring event coincides with Earth Month to provide citizens with an educational, hands-on, meaningful, and rewarding activity to make a real difference.
“Over the last 30 years of Beach Sweeps we have seen the types of debris change in quantity and quality, but two things remain the same. First, litter, especially plastic, is harmful and even lethal to marine life and it is on the rise. Second, you can always count on the small and the tall to volunteer to help clean up beaches. “We call that Jersey Pride,” said Cindy Zipf, Executive Director of Clean Ocean Action. “Of course our goal is to have clean beaches naturally by…
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