The Ocean Conservancy, with help from EPA and other sponsors, will host the 26th International Coastal Cleanup (ICC) on Saturday, September 17, 2011. The ICC is an annual event that includes over 100 countries and territories bordering every major body of water on Earth. Each year nearly half a million volunteers around the world spend a few hours removing trash and debris from beaches, lakes, rivers, and other waterways making it the world’s largest volunteer effort to clean up the marine environment and collect environmental data from both land and sea.
Marine debris, trash, and other solid material that enters ocean and coastal waters, is a major pollution problem affecting every waterway, with impacts experienced locally, nationally, and internationally. The trash that accumulates can impact human health, local economies, and ecosystems. EPA has been one of the lead federal agencies working on the issue of marine debris for over 25 years. Visit Ocean Conservancy’s International Coastal Cleanup website to search for a cleanup site near you.
For information about marine debris United State Environmental Protection Agency.