Volunteer Long Island Sound cleanups in at least 26 locations this weekend

Sep 21st, 2013 | By | Category: Top Story

There are few all-volunteer events as big as the International Coastal Cleanup.

Just how big?

Well, for the past 28 years, it’s gone on around the world, with hundreds of thousands of volunteers removing trash from beaches, lakes, rivers and the like — and keeping track of everything they find.

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“Over the course of the International Coastal Cleanup, one thing is for sure: we have found a lot of trash—more than 10 million pounds last year,” said Amelia Montjoy, Ocean Conservancy’s Vice President of Resource Development. “But thanks to our partnership with Bank of America, going on 12 years, we have had tremendous participation in the cleanup, with much of that support coming directly from Bank of America associates. Ocean trash affects everything from our economy to our ecosystems—and it’s up to all of us to help fight it for the sake of future generations.”

STS-cleanup-7.3.2010“For the last six years, as part of ‘Make a Difference Day,’ members of the New Haven Rotary Club have done their part to make the community a healthier place,” said Sharon Sudusky of the New Haven Rotary Club. “Our members are proud to know that they are participating in a world-wide event that is designed to protect our planet.”

In 2012, Save the Sound’s Coastal Cleanup program brought together 2,450 volunteers at 57 cleanups over the course of the year. Together they removed 16,310 pounds of trash from nearly 60 miles of Connecticut beaches and riverfronts. Volunteers track the trash they pick up and report the findings to Save the Sound, helping Ocean Conservancy and regional partners like Save the Sound to not only tackle marine debris on the beach, but combat it at the source to protect our oceans and coastline. Data will be collected at all 43 of Save the Sound’s cleanups scheduled for September and October. The cleanups include partners from Connecticut businesses, local community organizations, Boy Scouts, schools, and more, and span the state’s coastline from Greenwich to Mystic.

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