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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.

SPONSORS NEEDED! For just $250.00 your company will be printed on the event T-shirts! 

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Join us for Coastal Cleanup

Saturday, September 20, 2014

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 handed out, however some of the marine debris will be rough so please feel free to bring work gloves. 

A special thank you to the sponsors of the 2013 cleanup effort!

 

                          

Bailey's General Store Lee County Dept. of Solid Waste
Bouchard Insurance Nestle Water
Buffalo Chips Ocean Conservancy
Costco Royal Scoop Ice Cream
DEX Sanibel-Captiva Conservation FDN
Glad ForceFlex South Seas Island Resort
Landshark Lager Town of Fort Myers Beach
Lee County Visitor & Convention Bureau Waste Pro

We had an amazing turnout for the cleanup this year!! Preliminary numbers show Keep Lee County Beautiful registered a record 1,605 volunteers at 23 locations around the county, including the underwater cleanup. The event removed 10,361 pounds of litter and debris from our shorelines and waterways. It was such a pleasure to see local corporations such as Suncoast Beverage Sales, Coca Cola, The Commons @ the Brooks, Preferred Materials, SunStream Hotels & Resorts and Edison State College as well as so many scout troops, schools and families that came out to do their part in conserving, preserving and protecting the environment! A special thank you to Advanced Disposal and Waste Pro for donating the containers and disposal of the collected trash.

Organizers
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.

All data is recorded by volunteers - data cards are provided so amounts and types of collected debris can be sent to The Ocean Conservancy. This data is part of the vital research needed to proevent illegal and improper disposal of solid waste. In 2013, more than 1,100 volunteers, including divers, turned out to clean up Lee County beaches and thanks to their efforts, approximately 5,600 pounds of trash and monofilament fishing line was collected from the area's coastline and waterways.


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