Volunteers needed for the 2021 International Coastal Cleanup

September 01, 2021  
child's hands picking up plastic garbage on the beach

The City of Jacksonville’s Keep Jacksonville Beautiful Commission invites residents to join one of the world’s largest water protection efforts by contributing to the 2021 International Coastal Cleanup. 
 

On Saturday, Sept. 18, volunteers can visit various locations in the city to remove trash and debris from beaches, lakes and rivers; start and end times vary by location. Event leaders will be available at each site to register volunteers and provide materials, including bags and gloves. Advance registration is not required.
 
This event provides an opportunity for students to satisfy community service requirements. Participants must be over 18 or accompanied by an adult. Service hours certificates will be available from site captains.
 
Each year, hundreds of thousands of volunteers around the world participate in the event, keeping track of every item found to be included in the Ocean Conservancy’s yearly snapshot of marine debris. Locally, in 2020, 8,220 pounds, or 4.11 tons of debris was collected by 617 volunteers who donated 1,102 hours of their time. The value of that volunteer time amounted to $31,451, based on the hourly volunteer estimates by Independent.

International Costal Cleanup logo
 
Site locations and times* are as follows:  
 
8 - 10 a.m. 
Oceanfront locations: 
 
Atlantic Boulevard 
At the ocean 
 
Seagate Avenue & 20th Avenue N. 
At the ocean 
 
Beach Boulevard
At the ocean
 
9 - 11 a.m. 
All other locations: 
 
Blue Cypress Park 
4012 University Boulevard N. 
 
Boone Park 
3700 Park St. 
North Entrance: Van Wert Ave. & Valencia Rd.
South Entrance: Riverside Ave. at Van Wert St.
 
Burnett Park 
3740 Burnett Park Rd.
 
Castaway Island Preserve 
2921 San Pablo Rd. S. 
  
Hollybrook Park 
319 Cherokee St. 
 
Jim King Park & Boat Ramp
8203 Heckscher Dr.
 
Kathryn Abbey Hanna Park (8 a.m. – 10 a.m.)
500 Wonderwood Dr.
 
Klutho Park
204 W. 3rd St.
 
Lonne Wurn Boat Ramp
4131 Ferber Rd.
 
McCue Park and Boat Ramp
2510 Second Ave.
 
Murray Hill
4208 Kingsbury St. 
 
Oceanway Community Center
12215 Sago Ave.
 
Reddie Point Preserve
4499 Yachtsman Way
 
Riverside Park
753 Park St.
 
Sun Ray Cinema
1028 Park St.
 
Riverview Community Center
9620 W. Water St.
 
T.K. Stokes Boat Ramp
2120 Riverview St.
 
Tillie K. Fowler Regional Park
7000 Roosevelt Blvd.
 
Walter Jones Historical Park
11964 Mandarin Rd.
 
 *Note: Locations and times are subject to change.