The City of Jacksonville’s Keep Jacksonville Beautiful invites residents to participate in the 2023 International Coastal Cleanup event. This event, which will provide volunteers with an opportunity to help beautify the city’s shorelines, is part of the Ocean Conservancy’s Annual International Coastal Cleanup (ICC).
WHEN: Saturday, Sept. 16, 2023
WHAT: International Coastal Cleanup is a part of the annual ICC, the world's largest volunteer effort to help protect our ocean, lakes and rivers. Each year, hundreds of thousands of volunteers from around the world spend a few hours removing trash and debris from beaches, lakes, and rivers, keeping track of every piece of trash they find. Ocean Conservancy uses that information to produce an annual snapshot of the marine debris problem. Locally, in 2022, 9,820 pounds, or 4.91 tons of debris was collected by 523 volunteers who donated 1,289 hours of their time. The value of that volunteer time amounted to $38,605.55, based on hourly volunteer estimates by Independent Sector.
WHERE: Various locations across the First Coast; view site location details here.
Keep Jacksonville Beautiful will help Jacksonville volunteers clean and protect the environment by eliminating debris that injures wildlife, contaminates beaches, waterways, and threatens boater safety.
Local volunteers are needed to join this effort and can be part of an international event.
Advance registration is not required. Site captains will register volunteers and provide bags and gloves at the listed sites.
Participants must be over 18 or accompanied by an adult.
This event provides an opportunity for students to satisfy community service requirements. Service hour certificates will be available from site captains.