Volusia County, FL – The International Coastal Cleanup began more than 30 years ago and the next one happens tomorrow. Sustainability and Volunteer Coordinator for Volusia County Environmental Management Danielle Ramsey says that the original event is conducted by Ocean Conservancy but in Volusia County, the Halifax/Indian River Cleanup is paired with the Coastal Cleanup to increase positive environmental impact.
Registration for the event is over but Ramsey said that should not deter you from coming out and helping with the cleanup. She suggests that volunteers bring gloves and their own water. Other items needed are for personal protection, such as sunscreen, a hat, comfortable clothing, and appropriate footwear.
While there are 20 sites suggested on the website, Ramsey said volunteers are welcome to clean any stretch of the beach that they’d like. Something that’s really important for the volunteers to have is the trash tally sheet as Ocean Conservancy catalogs the debris picked up.
Last year, 1915 volunteers collected 7,356 pounds of trash.
The city of Edgewater is hosting a Day on the River in conjunction with the official cleanup, beginning at 10 a.m. The city of Holly Hill invites their citizens to come out to Sunrise Park on the Halifax River, which is one of the designated sites.
The International Coastal Cleanup takes place tomorrow and begins at 8:00 a.m.