Each year, residents across the region brave heat, rain and sun to give our coastal waterways an annual deep clean. The 36th-annual Alabama Coastal Cleanup is Saturday, Sept. 16. Locals will take …
Each year, residents across the region brave heat, rain and sun to give our coastal waterways an annual deep clean. The 36th-annual Alabama Coastal Cleanup is Saturday, Sept. 16.
Locals will take part in the state's largest annual volunteer event to clean up neighborhoods, parks and streets and prevent trash from traveling into local waterways. Over 108,000 volunteers have participated over the last 35 years. Nearly 2 million pounds of debris has been removed, and over 6,000 miles of coastline has been cleaned.
There are numerous cleanup zones located throughout Baldwin County. The quickest way to find the cleanup zone closest to you or to register to volunteer is to visit www.alabamacoastalcleanup.com.
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Volunteers are asked to download the Clean Swell app to record each item of trash collected. The information is uploaded to the Ocean Conservancy's global ocean trash database giving a global snapshot of ocean trash.
The 36th Alabama Coastal Cleanup begins at 8 a.m. and ends at noon. Each Cleanup Zone has a designated captain or coordinator you should contact with any questions.
Volunteers young and old should be prepared with protective clothing and equipment, sunscreen, bug spray, closed-toe shoes and water. Zone captains will have garbage bags on hand and sometimes gloves, but it is best to bring your own as supplies can be limited.