DATE: October 10, 2012
MEDIA CONTACT: Pat Quinn, Broward County
Natural Resources Planning and Management Division
During the recently held 27th Annual International Coastal Cleanup, sponsored by Ocean Conservancy and coordinated by Broward County Natural Resources Planning and Management, more than 2,400 volunteers removed 7,100 pounds of trash from Broward County beaches.
Broward County staff worked with local municipalities to collect the trash that included a toilet seat, windsock, snake head, bicycle, bar stool, wallet, rake, tiara and a $10 bill. The largest category of collected trash was cigarettes and smoking items, amounting to 23,000 cigarette butts collected from 13 sites.
Participating volunteers represented several municipalities, including Deerfield Beach, Pompano Beach, Lauderdale-By-The-Sea, Fort Lauderdale, Dania Beach, Hollywood and Hallandale Beach. Volunteers included high school ecology clubs, Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts, private companies 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 10 million volunteers from more than 150 countries with volunteers collecting nearly 200 million pounds of trash from the shores of lakes, streams, rivers and oceans on just one day annually.
For more information on the International Coastal Cleanup, visit the Ocean Conservancy's website, oceanconservancy.org.