|Published:||Sep 21, 2013 9:40 AM EDT|
|Updated:||Sep 21, 2013 9:40 AM EDT|
Keep Collier Beautiful is calling on all Collier County residents to join in the annual International Coastal Cleanup on September 21st. Organized by Keep Collier Beautiful, this signature event is a part of the Ocean Conservancy's annual International Coastal Cleanup that brings together volunteers from countries around the world to remove trash and debris from waterways that lead to our oceans.
The 2012 International Coastal Cleanup, by the numbers:
• More than 550,000 people (561,633) picked up more than 10 million pounds of trash
(10,149,988) along nearly 20,000 miles of coastlines (17,719)
• Over the past 27 years, over 9.5 million (9,654,895) volunteers have removed 163 million
(163,940,906) pounds of trash from more than 330,000 (330,009) miles of coastline and
waterways in 153 countries and locations.
• Total garbage equal to the weight 10 Boeing 747 jumbo jets
• Enough trash to equal the weight of 41 blue whales
• Enough beverage bottles that, when stacked end-to-end, are equal to: 1,000 Empire State
Buildings, 2,408 Space Needles or 1,368 Eiffel Towers
• Enough disposable cigarette lighters to start 178,557,500 campfires
In the past 27 years of cleanups, volunteers found:
• 57 million cigarettes butts, which, if stacked vertically, would be as tall as 3,867 Empire State
• Enough glass and plastic bottles to provide every resident of New York City, Los Angeles,
Chicago, Houston, Philadelphia and Phoenix a cold beverage on a hot summer day.
• Almost 10 million plastic bags (9,806,905), which required 1,176 barrels of oil to produce.
• More than 1 million (1,017,444) diapers - enough to put one on every child born in Japan last
• Enough cups, plates, forks, knives and spoons to host a picnic for 2.3 million people.
"The Coastal Cleanup is one of our two signature events and we are so grateful for the support from
individual volunteers as well as our business partners that have taken the extra step to adopt a road,
canal or shoreline and pledged to keep it clean throughout the year," said Jim Zimmerman, Executive
Director of Keep Collier Beautiful, Inc.
Smaller groups of volunteers are asked to meet at one of the cleanup sites on September 21st between 8:00 a.m. and 11:00 am. Volunteers will be provided trash bags, gloves and a free Coastal Cleanup t-shirt while supplies last. Cleanup sites include the following locations:
• Barefoot Beach Preserve
• Clam Pass
• Delnor-Wiggins Pass State Park
• Gulf Shores Marina (Haldeman Creek)
• Lowdermilk Park
• Naples Bay
• Naples Pier
• Rookery Bay NERR
• Tigertail Beach
• Vanderbilt Beach
• Golden Gate Canals
• Isle of Capri
• Immokalee Road Canal will be cleaned up by Palmetto Ridge High School Science Department
• Everglades City will be cleaned by volunteers with Everglades Area Tours
• Keewaydin Island was cleaned by volunteers with the Collier County Sheriff's Office Marine