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Online registration now open to volunteers for 30th annual Delaware Coastal Cleanup

Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control | Date Posted: Friday, July 21, 2017


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DOVER – Online volunteer registration is now open for the 30th annual Delaware Coastal Cleanup, to be held from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Sept. 16. 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. This year, more than 45 sites in New Castle, Kent and Sussex counties are targeted for volunteers to scour and make cleaner.

Volunteers are strongly encouraged to preregister at DNREC’s Delaware Coastal Cleanup webpage to ensure enough supplies are readied for each site. Preregistration will close Friday, Sept. 1.

At last year’s Coastal Cleanup, 1,572 dedicated volunteers from civic organizations, youth groups, businesses and families collected 6 tons of trash from 45 sites along Delaware’s shorelines and tributaries. About one-quarter of that trash – mostly aluminum cans and plastic bottles – was recycled. Volunteers’ more unusual finds included a Walkman cassette player, a television, an air horn, map, pay stub, bowling pin, badminton shuttlecock, plastic aquarium plants, peach basket, vampire teeth, book, candle, finger splint, tweezers, respirator, surgical mask, pacifiers, baby wipes, teething ring, selfie stick, dog crate, toothbrush, dental floss, mailbox, a U.S. Postal Service plastic bin, real estate sign, political sign, two file cabinet drawers, a wine cork, two full beer bottles and a volleyball-sized round metal weight, purpose unknown.

Delaware’s Cleanup is part of the Ocean Conservancy’s International Coastal Cleanup, the world’s largest annual clearing of trash from coastlines, rivers, streams, 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 cleanups around the world. This information helps identify the source of the debris and focus efforts on eliminating or reducing it.

For more information about the Ocean Conservancy and the International Coastal Cleanup, visit www.oceanconservancy.org.

For more information about the Delaware Coastal Cleanup, please contact Joanna Wilson, Delaware Coastal Cleanup coordinator, at 302-739-9902, or joanna.wilson@state.de.us.

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Online registration now open to volunteers for 30th annual Delaware Coastal Cleanup

Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control | Date Posted: Friday, July 21, 2017


DNREC Logo

DOVER – Online volunteer registration is now open for the 30th annual Delaware Coastal Cleanup, to be held from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Sept. 16. 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. This year, more than 45 sites in New Castle, Kent and Sussex counties are targeted for volunteers to scour and make cleaner.

Volunteers are strongly encouraged to preregister at DNREC’s Delaware Coastal Cleanup webpage to ensure enough supplies are readied for each site. Preregistration will close Friday, Sept. 1.

At last year’s Coastal Cleanup, 1,572 dedicated volunteers from civic organizations, youth groups, businesses and families collected 6 tons of trash from 45 sites along Delaware’s shorelines and tributaries. About one-quarter of that trash – mostly aluminum cans and plastic bottles – was recycled. Volunteers’ more unusual finds included a Walkman cassette player, a television, an air horn, map, pay stub, bowling pin, badminton shuttlecock, plastic aquarium plants, peach basket, vampire teeth, book, candle, finger splint, tweezers, respirator, surgical mask, pacifiers, baby wipes, teething ring, selfie stick, dog crate, toothbrush, dental floss, mailbox, a U.S. Postal Service plastic bin, real estate sign, political sign, two file cabinet drawers, a wine cork, two full beer bottles and a volleyball-sized round metal weight, purpose unknown.

Delaware’s Cleanup is part of the Ocean Conservancy’s International Coastal Cleanup, the world’s largest annual clearing of trash from coastlines, rivers, streams, 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 cleanups around the world. This information helps identify the source of the debris and focus efforts on eliminating or reducing it.

For more information about the Ocean Conservancy and the International Coastal Cleanup, visit www.oceanconservancy.org.

For more information about the Delaware Coastal Cleanup, please contact Joanna Wilson, Delaware Coastal Cleanup coordinator, at 302-739-9902, or joanna.wilson@state.de.us.

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