OCEAN CITY BEACH SWEEP THIS WEEK

The Ocean City Environmental Commission, Clean Communities Program and Clean Ocean Action are sponsoring a Fall Beach Sweep on Saturday, October 23rd from 9am to 12:30pm.  All residents, students, organizations and families are invited to join the sweep along the South Jersey coast for the semiannual “counted cleanup” on the beaches in Ocean City.

Data cards will be used to record the litter that is picked up and the information will be entered into a national database of marine debris.  Teams of two or three people will be formed to pick up and record the litter on the beach.

Volunteers are asked to meet at the Music Pier located at Moorlyn Terrace and the Boardwalk to be assigned to a group and receive instructions and equipment. 

In 1985, Clean Ocean Action (COA) launched the region’s first Beach Sweeps program to rid beaches of unsightly ad harmful debris.  COA’s Beach Sweeps is one of the longest running cleanups of its kind in the world.  The program has grown from 75 people at one site in 1985 to 4,937 volunteers at 116 sites in 2007.  Volunteers gather from Raritan to Delaware Bays and along the ocean to clean beaches and waterways, as well as underwater sites.

For more information or to pre-register a group, please call 609.525.9285.

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