DATE: November 2, 2011
MEDIA CONTACT: Pat Quinn, Broward County
Natural Resources Planning and Management Division
During the recently held 26th Annual International Coastal Cleanup, sponsored by Ocean Conservancy and coordinated by Broward County Natural Resources Planning and Management, more than 2,300 volunteers removed more than 4,500 pounds of trash from Broward County beaches.
Broward County staff worked with local municipalities to collect the trash that ranged from food wrappers to an inflatable boat. Volunteers reported that more than 72,000 individual pieces of trash were collected with the largest category being cigarette butts and smoking related items, with 35,000 removed from the beaches and coastal areas. Other unusual items included tools, hairclips, a hair extension, mouth guard, iron, carburetor cover, boots and an oriental coin.
Volunteers participating in the coastal cleanup represented the Broward County municipalities of Dania Beach, Deerfield Beach, Fort Lauderdale, Hallandale Beach, Hollywood, Lauderdale-By-The-Sea, Oakland Park and Pompano Beach as well as volunteers from Hugh Taylor Birch State Park and John U. Lloyd State Park. Volunteers included school groups, Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts, local corporations, concerned individuals and Broward County employees, all interested in helping the environment.
The International Coastal Cleanup, typically held on the third Saturday of September, has attracted nearly 9 million volunteers from 152 countries and locations, and volunteers have collected 145 million pounds of trash from the shores of lakes, streams, rivers and oceans on just one day each year.
For more information on the International Coastal Cleanup, visit the Ocean Conservancy's website, oceanconservancy.org.