Citizens Called to Action for April 30, 2011
Sandy Hook, NJ----Clean Ocean Action (COA) released the 2010 Beach Sweeps Report today, highlighting the Dirty Dozen, Roster of the Ridiculous, and the totals for over 95 items of marine debris collected by volunteers in 2010. The results smash all records for participation and debris and a few items increased dramatically.
2010 marked Clean Ocean Action’s 25th Anniversary of Beach Sweeps, which celebrated a generation of citizen action against beach litter. The Beach Sweeps has become
“The Beach Sweeps is a beachy opportunity for the tall and the small to give back to their ocean, take a stand against litter, and rid the shores of marine debris. During these 25 years,
25 Years of Legacy
To highlight the achievements of citizen action, Clean Ocean Action held
The Symposium kicked off a remarkable year for Beach Sweeps, bringing out a record number of volunteers (8,372
“The Beach Sweeps is much more than picking up garbage, rather it is the opportunity for participants to experience the extent of New Jersey’s pollution problem first hand at a time when the beaches are not being cleaned by the local municipalities,” stated
How 2010 Compares to Previous Years
In comparing the previous 16 years of data to 2010, increases were seen in a number of items, especially plastics (which includes foam): notably plastic bags and bottles caps. As the number of volunteers has increased, so has the amount of trash removed. In 2010, almost 50 items were collected in record amounts.
“Pollution continues to flow from many non-point sources on land and combined sewer outfalls in the New York City and New Jersey metropolitan area,” said Clean Ocean Action’s Staff Scientist,
Call to Action
“Beach Sweeps have become a three generation family tradition-- inaugural Beach Sweepers who brought their children are now bringing their children. Scout troops, businesses, corporations, youth groups, schools, seniors, and elected leaders all come together to clean up shorelines,” said
There are over 65 locations throughout the state, so find your favorite beach and join the effort,” she added.
As a coalition of concerned
“Comcast is pleased to again partner with Clean Ocean Action on Comcast Cares Day to help rid beaches of unsightly and harmful debris. Twenty five years of COA Beach Sweeps and 10 years of Comcast Cares Days prove that volunteers, individuals, families, schools, and groups working together can make a big difference,” said Bill Kettleson, Regional Vice President Government and Community Affairs, Comcast.
Citizens are encouraged to celebrate Earth Month by attending a Beach Sweep on April 30th from 9a.m. – 12p.m. For a listing of the site locations, as well as the complete Beach Sweep Report, please go to http://cleanoceanaction.org/index.php?id=777