Take on the trash: Help clean our waters this September


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Oceans, lakes, rivers and other waterways provide much joy during the summer months, so why not give something back by joining the International Coastal Cleanup this September?

On Sept. 15, the Ocean Conservancy will host its 27th annual International Coastal Cleanup Day with events across the world. If you can’t find a cleanup near you, learn how you can schedule your own here.

This year’s cleanup will be especially crucial, as debris from the Japan tsunami is expected to show up in places as far as the West Coast of the United States.

“Trash jeopardizes the health of our ocean, our economy and people,” said David Pittenger, director of Ocean Conservancy's Trash Free Seas program, in a press release. “Sometimes there are uncontrollable events — like the Japan tsunami — that add to the larger problem of marine debris. That's why it's important to tackle what's preventable.”

“We need more volunteers than ever,” Pittenger said. “Last year, volunteers found enough food packaging to get takeout for breakfast, lunch and dinner every day for the next 858 years.”

Want to do even more for our waters? Sign the “Take on the Trash” pledge and join the movement for trash-free seas by reducing your impact and helping to keep trash out of our waters.