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A lot of volunteers are needed to help in this international cleanup effort to rid Florida's coastlines of litter, pollution and debris. Many sites throughout Lee County are coordinated each year by Keep Lee County Beautiful, Inc. for collection and documentation of beach litter.

Coastal Cleanup

Saturday, September 19, 2015

9 am to 12 noon


The Coastal Cleanup is the only cleanup where trash is collected and recorded.  The data cards are then sent to the Ocean Conservancy where the information is used in the development of new environmental protection acts and change the behaviors that cause marine debris in the first place.  The data cards are designed to have groups of 4 working together, 3 to collect litter and debris and 1 to record the findings.  Latex gloves will be provided, however some of the marine debris will be rough so please feel free to bring work gloves. 

The annual cleanup is organized nationally by The Ocean Conservancy, and is coordinated locally by Keep Lee County Beautiful, Inc. (KLCB) and the Sanibel-Captiva Conservation Foundation (SCCF).

The 2 goals of the cleanup are to remove unsightly and environmentally harmful debris from Florida's coastlines and raise awareness about this preventable litter problem. Litter poses a threat to wildlife - plastic bags are mistaken for jellyfish and eaten by sea turtles. Lost and discarded fishing tackle is eaten by birds and becomes an entangling death trap to many types of animal life.

Volunteers are encouraged to choose a location in their local community to help clean and beautify! Lakes, rivers, canals, and shorelines are great locations for volunteers to participate in the International Coastal Cleanup.  Volunteers may also join in one of our community coordinated cleanups.  This is a great opportunity for students to earn community service hours!

The first 1,000 volunteers who pre-register will receive a free T-shirt.  Cleanup volunteers are provided with garbage bags and gloves.  Safety vests, litter sticks and additional supplies are available by request. In an effort to reduce the number of plastic bottles introduced into our waste stream, we recommend volunteers bring reusable water bottles. 

Community Coordinated Locations

Bonita Springs (check in at Lover's Key Event Field)

Bunche Beach

Cape Coral - Horton Park

Fort Myers Beach Elementary School

Click Here To Register to Volunteer at a Community Coordinated Event

Click Here to become a Site Coordinator and register a new event location


A special thank you to the sponsors of the 2015 cleanup effort!


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