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Updated: 07/10/2014 02:10:05PM

Coastal Cleanup at Cedar Point Park

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Provided by BOBBI RODGERS

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It’s time again for the International Coastal Cleanup. Interested individuals and groups are encouraged to participate in this annual event scheduled for Saturday Sept. 21 at 9 a.m. Meet at Cedar Point Environmental Park, 2300 Placida Road, Englewood for supplies then choose your site: Cedar Point Environmental Park, Oyster Creek Regional Park or Buck Creek Park. Kayaks are welcome.

This event is the largest beach and waterway cleanup program with volunteers around the world participating. Volunteers have collected data since 1986, and the numbers are used to raise awareness, identify hotspots for debris or unusual trash events, and inform policy solutions. In the 2012 Cleanup, 561,633 volunteers picked up over 10 million pounds of trash covering a distance of almost 18,000 miles (From Ocean Conservancy website). Trash doesn’t fall from the sky, it falls from human hands. In 2012, 60 percent of the debris collected and cataloged consisted of single-use disposable items.

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