Contact: Joanna Wilson, DNREC Public Affairs, 302-739-9902.
Signup now for 2013 Delaware Coastal Cleanup
on Sept. 21
DOVER (Aug. 30, 2013) – There’s still time to sign up for the 27th annual Delaware Coastal Cleanup before the preregistration deadline of Monday, Sept. 9. This year’s Cleanup will be held from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Sept. 21, targeting nearly 50 sites in New Castle, Kent and Sussex counties. 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.
Volunteers are strongly encouraged to pre-register on the DNREC website to ensure enough supplies are packed for each site, including the 2013 Coastal Cleanup t-shirt, given in appreciation of volunteers’ efforts. To pre-register, go to www.dnrec.delaware.gov/CoastalCleanup . Preregistration will close on Monday, Sept. 9 at close of business. On the day of the event, T-shirts will be distributed to volunteers while supplies last on a first-come, first-served basis.
At last year’s Coastal Cleanup, 1,400 dedicated volunteers from civic organizations, youth groups, businesses and families collected 7.8 tons of trash from more than 40 sites along Delaware’s shorelines and tributaries. More than 4 tons of that trash – mostly aluminum cans and plastic bottles – was recycled. Some of the 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.
Delaware’s Cleanup is 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 they find. This information is recorded on data cards and forwarded to the Center for Marine Conservation, which compiles data 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.
The Ocean Conservancy supplies trash bags, data cards and marine debris brochures. Delaware’s cleanup is co-sponsored by Delmarva Power, which provides t-shirts for the participants. DNREC is responsible for organizing the event, recruiting volunteers, distributing supplies, ensuring trash removal and tabulating data. Playtex Division of Energizer Personal Care, which provides gloves, and trash and recyclables hauler Waste Management also return as sponsors. DuPont’s Clear into the Future program also joins the sponsor list for the 2013 cleanup.
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 call Joanna Wilson, Delaware Coastal Cleanup coordinator, at 302-739-9902.
Vol. 43, No. 341