International Coastal Cleanup Week!

Friday, September 22, 2017 by Jessica

The week of September 16th-23rd 2017 is coastal cleanup week in Maine!  Every year thousands of different people help to clean up Maine’s coast during this week. It’s important that we keep our oceans clean for lots of different reasons. Many animals accidentally eat plastic in the ocean, which causes them to starve since they feel full. They also can get tangled in different plastics, which can injure and even kill them. It’s thought that over 8 million metric tons of trash enter the ocean every year, most of this being single use plastic. Single use plastics include things like plastic bags, water bottles, straws, and much more. Last year, the top three items that were found during beach cleanups were cigarette butts, food wrappers like candy or granola wrappers, and plastic bottle caps. In 2016, Mainers picked up 72,182 pieces of trash, including these different types of plastic, during coastal cleanup week.


It’s important to keep our coastline clean, so make sure you always take all of your trash away with you when you go to the beach and help by picking up any trash you see there. If you want to learn more, or get involved in a coastal cleanup near you, check out the link below. It’s always a good time to help clean up the beaches, even if it’s not coastal cleanup week!

Have you ever participated in a coastal cleanup? Do you think it's important that we keep our beaches clean? How can we all make a difference at keeping plastic out of the ocean?

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