DNREC seeking volunteers for Coastal Cleanup Sept. 11

Delaware State News
Posted 8/19/21

DOVER — Volunteers for the 34th annual Delaware Coastal Cleanup will have two options to keep the state’s beaches and waterways free of trash through an effort that also touches natural areas and neighborhoods.

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DNREC seeking volunteers for Coastal Cleanup Sept. 11

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DOVER — Volunteers for the 34th annual Delaware Coastal Cleanup will have two options to keep the state’s beaches and waterways free of trash through an effort that also touches natural areas and neighborhoods.

The Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control is hosting the traditional one-day coordinated event at 39 sites statewide Sept. 11 from 9 a.m. to noon.

In addition, a monthlong campaign starting Sept. 1 will encourage Delawareans and visitors to clean up neighborhoods, green spaces and waterways whenever and wherever they’d like, in support of Gov. John Carney’s Keep DE Litter Free initiative.

“In order to keep our state beautiful, we must keep our coastlines and outdoor spaces clear of litter. That’s why we started our Keep DE Litter Free initiative,” Gov. Carney said. “Thanks to DNREC and our other state and local partners who work to protect our unique natural heritage every year with this Coastal Cleanup. I encourage all Delawareans to participate.”

DNREC Secretary Shawn M. Garvin said the options should make it easier for people who want to volunteer.

“We look forward to giving volunteers a choice of options this year to participate in the Delaware Coastal Cleanup,” Mr. Garvin said. “Whether volunteers sign up for the traditional Saturday morning cleanup at specific beaches and coastal areas or choose their own time, date and place to clean up close to home, the Delaware Coastal Cleanup’s message remains the same: We can all make a difference keeping our beaches, waterways and wetlands clean and free of trash.”

For the Sept. 11 coordinated event, volunteers must register by Aug. 31 for their choice of sites at the Coastal Cleanup registration website. Limitations on the number of volunteers are in effect at all sites, and no walk-ups will be accepted.

Site captains will sign in volunteers and provide trash bags and directions. Although gloves, data cards and pencils will be available on request, volunteers are encouraged to bring their own gloves and to use the online Coastal Cleanup reporting tool (going live Sept. 1) to share their findings.

Participants can find ideas about how to get involved in the cleanup on Facebook and Twitter.

Additionally, volunteers in both the Sept. 11 event and the monthlong campaign can post photos on DNREC’s Facebook page for a chance to win a 2022 Delaware State Parks pass and a prize bag.

All cleanup participants should also report their findings and share photos on the Coastal Cleanup portal. Results will be updated in real time throughout the month on an interactive map.

DNREC reminds everyone to wear gloves when picking up trash, wash hands thoroughly after cleanup activities and follow all recent protocols, including the most current COVID-19 guidance.

For more information, visit here. Volunteers also can email questions to dnrec_coastal_cleanup@delaware.gov.