Alabama Coastal Clean-up is a one week event; Volunteers to collect & submit trash documentation Sept. 19-27
The 2020 Alabama Coastal Cleanup is a week long event this year, as select zones will have dumpsters in place from September 19-27. Now in its 33rd year, Coastal Cleanup is the Alabama’s largest annual volunteer event. Zone Captains will be at zones at 8 a.m. on Sept. 19 to hand out supplies. But you don’t have to zone up to clean up.
Using your own supplies is acceptable and volunteers can choose to clean either on Sept. 19 or anytime during the week, as dumpsters should remain at select zones through Sept. 27. Volunteers will be asked to record trash collection data on the CleanSwell App. To become involved, visit AlabamaCoastalCleanup.com for a zone nearest you or call 251-928-9792.
In an effort to minimize contact between volunteers, organizers ask that groups send just one or two people to the site to pick up supplies and abide by state recommendations of social distancing and wearing face coverings.Volunteers should bring their own face coverings and gloves, and all documentation will be collected through the Clean Swell app rather than data cards.
The Coastal Cleanup, normally held on the third Saturday of September brings together citizens, school groups, businesses and clubs who walk or boat in 28 different zones throughout Mobile and Baldwin Counties. Volunteers pick up what they find and record the data, which is submitted to The Ocean Conservancy to track what is getting into our oceans.
The information is used for education on sources of debris and its effect on the environment. During the past 32 years, more than 77,000 volunteers removed over 1.5 million pounds of marine debris from Alabama’s valued coastline and waterways. Come prepared with sunscreen, a hat, gloves, shoes and lots of water.
Pictured: Coastal Cleanup volunteers from the Orange Beach Fire Dept.; The Little Lagoon Preservation Society and Riviera Utilities.