Save The Bay expects over 2.5K volunteers for coastal cleanups

SAVE THE BAY expects more than 2,500 volunteers to donate time to the International Coastal Cleanup effort in Rhode Island this year. / COURTESY SAVE THE BAY
SAVE THE BAY expects more than 2,500 volunteers to donate time to the International Coastal Cleanup effort in Rhode Island this year. / COURTESY SAVE THE BAY

PROVIDENCE – Efforts related to the International Coastal Cleanup will take place from September to October, and are expected to draw more than 2,500 volunteers, according to Save The Bay Inc. Monday.

The nonprofit is the leader of cleanup efforts in the event’s 34th year. The effort unites more than 1 million volunteers worldwide in picking up litter and debris from shorelines.

“Every year we are amazed by how many people care deeply about our shoreline and are willing to say, ‘It’s not OK to trash the bay,’ ” said Save The Bay Volunteer and Internship Manager July Lewis in a statement. “These community volunteers play a pivotal role in preserving shorelines for recreation and protecting the health of our oceans. We’re always looking for more people to join the cleanup effort.”

Cleanups will take place in Cranston, East Providence, Providence and Warwick, among other sites, Save The Bay said.

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A full list of cleanup efforts in Rhode Island may be found online. The international effort is coordinated by the Ocean Conservancy.

Save The Bay said it expected more than 50 sites to be part of efforts this year.

Last year, 2,293 volunteers participated in 98 cleanups in Rhode Island, picking up 13,389 pounds of trash and debris.

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