Join or Start a Community Cleanup
Get active together and have fun as a group picking up whatever litter is out there. One big way you can help create a clean water future is by removing litter that is already in our waters or litter that is on the side of the road that will wash down into our our rivers, bayous and beaches.
Community cleanups are a great way to do something positive for your community, make friends, get service hours, exercise, and to help organizations monitor and learn about pollutants and problems in the watershed. There are many different kinds of cleanups already scheduled, and you can start your own, too.
750 Tons of Debris in Alabama in 30 Years
Since 1987, over 77,000 volunteers have participated in the Alabama Coastal Cleanups and picked up a total of more than 750 tons of debris. (Alabama Coastal Cleanup, 2015)Debris on Dauphin Island Beach - Photo by Caitlin Wessel
Over 5 Million Tons of Plastic
Of the 300 million tons of plastic waste created in 2010 in coastal countries, scientists believe 5.2 to 14 million tons of it enters the oceans then washes up on our beaches (Science, 2015).Degraded plastics recovered from Dauphin Island by Caitlin Wessel
179,141 Plastic Bags Picked Up
In 2015, volunteers picked up 90,790 plastic bags and 88,351 bags of other types in coastal cleanups across the country. Plastic bags are consistently in the top 10 of trash types collected during cleanup days worldwide (Ocean Conservancy, 2016).
More than 50,000 Foam Cups and Plates Recovered in 2015
In 2015 as part of the International Coastal Cleanup, volunteers recovered over 57,193 plastic cups and plates the majority of which were made from EPS foam (Ocean Conservancy, 2016).
Things You Can Do
Attend a Community Cleanup
View our community cleanup page for dates and times of area cleanups
Start a Social Media Page
Use Facebook, Snapchat, or Instagram to connect with friends and help spread the word about picking up trash. Then tag pictures of your work with #CleanWaterFuture
Start Daily Litter Walks
Join up with friends or go solo, and do a daily litter clean up walk. Itís great exercise and helps keep trash out of our rivers and bays. Take a plastic bag with you, a pair of work gloves and a litter picker. Read about Mobilian Robin Roberts experience.
Organize Your Own Clean Up Event
Exercise your personal leadership skills and organize your own clean up event! You can rent a clean up kit at the Mobile Baykeeper.
Planet 100 video about The Pacific Trash Vortex