Sep 16, 2022 - Things to Do

Beautify Miami-Dade beaches on Coastal Cleanup Day

Plastic bottles pollute a coastline.

Photo courtesy of VolunteerCleanup.org

Did your parents ever tell you, "Your room doesn't clean itself"? Well, neither do our beaches.

What's happening: An environmental group out of Miami is organizing dozens of beach and bay cleanups across Miami-Dade County this Saturday as part of International Coastal Cleanup Day.

  • An estimated 3,000 volunteers will collect trash at 58 events from Sunny Isles to South Beach, all organized by VolunteerCleanup.org.

By the numbers: Last year, Miami-based cleanups collected nearly 18,000 pounds of debris from 53 locations, according to VolunteerCleanup.org.

  • The most common trash items were cigarette butts, plastic bottle caps, plastic bags, food wrappers and other single-use plastics, the group said.

Details: You can register online to volunteer at one of the cleanup events, but spots are limited.

  • If you go: Bags will be provided. But you'll need to bring work gloves, a reusable water bottle, closed-toe shoes (unless at a beach site), long pants if you're working at a mangrove site, and summer gear (hat, sunscreen, bug spray).

Of note: Broward and Palm Beach counties are also hosting events. Find one near you.

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