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Ocean Conservancy’s International Coastal Cleanup 2013

Block Island Beach Cleanup – Saturday, September 21
Sep 20, 2013

It is September and the beach crowds have thinned out, temperatures have dropped and school has started up again. Now another crowd of beach-goers will return to the state’s coastlines — thousands of individuals, groups and families will participate in one of the largest global volunteer events: the International Coastal Cleanup. The Audubon Society of Rhode Island invites volunteers to head to the shore on Sept. 21 to participate.

On Block Island this annual event is coordinated by the Ocean View Foundation and the Washington Trust Co., and sponsored by all of the island’s land conservation and environmental education organizations: Block Island Conservancy, Block Island Land Trust, Block Island Maritime Institute, Committee for the Great Salt Pond, The Nature Conservancy, and the Town of New Shoreham.

On Saturday, Sept. 21, you may deposit your beach cleanup debris at a dumpster at the Town Beach parking lot between 9 a.m. and noon.

Organized internationally by the Ocean Conservancy and locally by Audubon Society of R.I. (ASRI), volunteers not only clean up the trash that litters our shores, but also document what they find, tallying each piece of trash picked up. To view 2012’s ICC report go to http://www.oceanconservancy.org/our-work/international-coastal-cleanup/icc-2013-report.pdf

In 2012 the top 10 items picked up from the world’s shores were: cigarettes (2,117,931); food wrappers; plastic beverage bottles; plastic bags (1,019,902); caps/lids; plastic cups/plates/forks, spoons & knives; plastic straws and stirrers; glass beverage bottles; beverage cans; and paper bags (298,332). And in 2012, a total of 2,057 Rhode Islanders helped to rid 73 miles of shoreline of 19,034 pounds of trash.

For more details about how you can help the Block Island-based ICC effort, or to arrange to get debris collection forms and bags, call Kim Gaffett (Ocean View Foundation) at (401) 595-7055, or Barbara MacMullan (Washington Trust Bank) at (401) 466-7710.

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