2013 Delaware Coastal Cleanup to be held Sept. 21
NEW! Introduction to Delaware's Coastal Cleanup video on DNREC's YouTube Channel
Trash on our beaches and in our waterways isn’t just unsightly – it’s also potentially dangerous to marine life and in some cases harmful to water quality. But you can help make a difference in Delaware by joining volunteers of all ages at the 27th annual Delaware Coastal Cleanup, which will be held from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Sept. 21, 2013. In case of severe weather, rain date will be the following Saturday, Sept. 28. On the day of the event, 2013 Coastal Cleanup t-shirts will be distributed to volunteers while supplies last on a first-come, first-served basis.
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, nearly 50 sites in New Castle, Kent, and Sussex counties are targeted.
NOTE TO VOLUNTEERS: Coastal Cleanup registration is now closed. For more information or questions about the 2013 Coastal Cleanup, please contact the zone captain in your area:
- State Parks Statewide Zone Captain – Glen Stubbolo, 302-739-9181
- State Wildlife Areas Zone Captain – Lynne Staub, 302-735-3600
- Sussex Beach Sites Zone Captain – Jennifer Luoma, 302-739-9921
- Kent County Bay Beach Sites Zone Captain – Jennifer Holmes, 302-739-6377
For general information about the 2013 Delaware Coastal Cleanup, please contact coordinators Joanna Wilson or Rachel Coats at 302-739-9902, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Beautifying the Bayshore
This year, for the first time, the Delaware Coastal Cleanup will have a theme: “Beautifying the Bayshore … and Beyond.” Delaware’s Bayshore encompasses the central part of the state’s shoreline east of Route 1, from the Delaware City area in southern New Castle County to the Lewes/Cape Henlopen area of Sussex County.
This unique region, with its quiet bay beaches, marshes, forests, wildlife areas and agricultural/residential lands, is the focus of the Delaware Bayshore Initiative, a landscape approach to conserving wildlife habitat, enhancing low-impact recreational opportunities and building strong communities through environmentally compatible economic development. More than 25 of this year’s Coastal Cleanup sites are part of the Delaware Bayshore.
The 2012 Cleanup
At last year’s Delaware Coastal Cleanup, 1,400 dedicated volunteers from civic organizations, youth groups, businesses and families collected almost 9 tons of trash from more than 40 sites along Delaware’s shorelines and tributaries.
In addition to large numbers of food wrappers, plastic bottles, aluminum cans, plastic bags, used tires and cigarette butts, their more unusual finds included a plaster cast of a foot, sofa pillow, hermit crab house, bucket of tar, a Hula Hoop, boogie board, toy cannon, birdfeeder, boat cover, door, radio-controlled model airplane, car headlight, perfume bottle, toilet, skateboard, patio chair, room key, tennis racket, and lottery tickets inside a bottle.
This year, the Cleanup’s successful recycling program will continue. Volunteers will be given black trash bags plus a second color for recyclables. The bags will then be placed in separate piles at each sites' designated trash pickup location.
Volunteers are asked to put only clean and intact recyclable glass, plastic and aluminum beverage containers in the recyclable bags. If these containers are badly damaged or contain sand or other materials, they are not recyclable.
The Ocean Conservancy Connection
Delaware’s Cleanup is also part of the Ocean Conservancy’s International Coastal Cleanup, the world’s largest annual clearing of trash from coastlines 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.
The types and quantities of trash collected are recorded on data cards and forwarded to the Center for Marine Conservation, which compiles the information for all of the cleanups held in the country and around the world. This information helps identify the source of the debris and focus efforts on eliminating or reducing it.
A recent marine debris five-year report released by the Ocean Conservancy found that general-source marine debris – trash that comes from both ocean- and land-based activities – increased across the United States by more than five percent each year. (This report can be seen at www.oceanconservancy.org.)
The Ocean Conservancy supplies trash bags, data cards and brochures on marine debris. Delaware’s cleanup is co-sponsored by Delmarva Power, which provides collectable t-shirts for the participants. Another key sponsor is the Playtex Division of Energizer Personal Care, which provides gloves. DNREC is responsible for organizing the event, recruiting volunteers, distributing supplies, ensuring trash removal and tabulating all the data collected.
Join the 2013 Delaware Coastal Cleanup on Sept. 21!