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Volunteers needed to pick up trash on local beaches

Posted: September 13, 2012 - 11:02pm

The public in invited to join thousands of people all over the world to help keep garbage and debris out of our oceans by volunteering for International Coastal Clean-Up Day. Juneau’s event will be held from 9-11 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 15 at Sandy Beach.

Local groups, businesses, youth groups and other local organizations are asked to pre-register to clean garbage and debris from 15 different beach locations in Douglas and Juneau. If your group is interested in volunteering, please call the Coastal CODE at 780-5866 to register. Individual volunteers can help clean up Sandy Beach by showing up on the day of the event to sign-in with local ICC volunteers. All bags, gloves, and data collection sheets are provided.

International Coastal Clean-Up Day is a global event sponsored by the Ocean Conservancy and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Volunteers all over the world are asked to clean garbage off our beaches and out of oceans on ICC Day, and then record the type and amount of garbage collected on data sheets provided by organizers. The data is compiled and sent to the Ocean Conservancy to be analyzed and published in an annual Marine Debris Index.

In Juneau last year, 115 local volunteers picked up nearly 3,000 pounds of garbage from 15 different beach areas in Juneau. This year, participants already attending the Capital Brew Fest, which will be held on Saturday afternoon, can bring their data card to the event, at the Juneau Arts and Culture Center, to receive one additional drink ticket.

The Coastal CODE Foundation, Marine Conservation Alliance Foundation, the Juneau Watershed Partnership and Alaskan Brewing sponsor the local Juneau event.

For more information about the clean-up event, or to sign up to volunteer, contact Ashley at Alaskan Brewing at 780-5922, or at ajohnston@alaskanbeer.com.

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