Bobbi Rodgers and the Charlotte Harbor Environmental Center are prepping volunteers for the 2013 International Coastal Cleanup.
Volunteers should meet at 9 a.m. Sept. 21 at Cedar Point Environmental Park, 2300 Placida Road, Englewood.
Rodgers, environmental resources manager of the center, said there were 14 volunteers and over 200 pounds of trash picked up last year recorded from Cedar Point Park and Oyster Creek Regional Park.
About 561,633 volunteers picked up over 10 million pounds of trash last year covering a distance of almost 18,000 miles. It is the largest beach and waterway cleanup program with volunteers around the world participating, according to oceanconservancy.org.
This year, the cleanup will include Buck Creek Park.
“They didn’t do Buck Creek last year because it was really wet,” Rodgers said.
Rodgers said conditions aren’t likely to improve with recent weather activity.
“When you do a coastal cleanup, you’re not only cleaning up trash but also picking up what washes ashore,” she said. “Most of the things picked up are washed up from boats like containers, coolers and bottles.”
Rodgers said the most unusual item she’s found on a cleanup was a shotgun shell.
Barb Seibel has been volunteering for cleanups for three years. “We’re cleaning up around and along trails and down by the water (Lemon Bay) at Cedar Point,” she said. “It’s just a good thing to clean up the environment. It’s nice to see stuff like cans and bottles gone.” Seibel said cleanups average 15 to 20 volunteers. T-shirts will be available on a first-come, first-served basis and are in limited supply. Bags, gloves and data sheets will be provided as well as light refreshments, according to a press release.
For more information, call 941-475-0769.