Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful Invites Pennsylvanian’s to Participate in the International Coastal Cleanup

(July 26, 2016) – Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful invites Pennsylvania residents to coordinate a cleanup as part of the 2016 International Coastal Cleanup (ICC). The Ocean Conservancy’s International Coastal Cleanup is held from September 1st through October 31st and is the largest volunteer effort aimed at improving the health of the ocean, bringing out hundreds of thousands of volunteers from around the world to remove millions of pounds of plastics and debris from beaches, lakes and waterways.  This event has grown to include participation by all 50 states and U.S. territories and 90 countries with the number growing each year. Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful is proud to coordinate this effort in Pennsylvania.

“In 2015, nearly 14,000 volunteers from 44 counties canvassed their communities to remove over 1 million pounds of trash and debris from Pennsylvania’s waterways and coastal regions during the International Coastal Cleanup event,” stated Shannon Reiter, President of Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful. “Our goal this year is to engage organizations, civic groups, families and individuals from all 67 counties for this global effort.”

If you are interested in coordinating an ICC cleanup or volunteering at a cleanup, please contact Michelle Dunn at 1-877-772-3673 Ext. 113 or mdunn@keeppabeautiful.org.  Cleanup tools and resources to help organize a safe and successful cleanup can be found at keeppabeautiful.org/cleanit/cleanuptoolsandresourcesAny cleanup site is eligible since we all live in a watershed and all waterways flow into our coastal waters. International Coastal Cleanup Day will be held on Saturday, September 19, however, ICC events can be held from September 1st through October 31st.  Gloves and bags are available for registered events while supplies last.

About Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful

Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful’s mission is empowering Pennsylvanians to make our communities clean and beautiful.  Since 1990, Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful and its volunteers have removed over 121 million pounds of litter from Pennsylvania’s roadways, greenways, parks, forests, and waterways. To learn more about Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful, visit www.keeppabeautiful.org.