The Delaware Coastal Cleanup campaign, launched Sept. 1 by the Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control, encourages Delawareans and visitors to pick up trash in their neighborhoods and nearby parks, on beaches and along waterways to help Keep DE Litter Free.
Throughout September, volunteers are asked to clean up debris like cigarette butts, food wrappers, abandoned sports equipment, tires and more, that often end up in the ocean and waterways. They can document their findings and share photos in a new online volunteer survey, available at de.gov/coastalcleanupsurvey.
“We’re lucky as Delawareans to live in such a beautiful state, and we have an obligation to protect our unique natural resources for future generations,” said Gov. John Carney. “Join us this month – and every month – in helping keep Delaware’s coastline free of litter. Thank you to all Delawareans and Delaware organizations that are doing their part to Keep Delaware Litter Free.”
Volunteers can recruit family from their household or friends in their pandemic pod to join in a group cleanup, but large groups are discouraged.
“The hundreds of volunteers who usually participate in the Coastal Cleanup won’t be able to join us for a large in-person event, but they can still take action this month. Join our effort and help us reduce pollution that threatens aquatic life and human health,” said DNREC Secretary Shawn Garvin. “We can all help keep our beaches, waterways and wetlands clean and free of trash by cleaning up our own neighborhoods and nearby parks, beaches and other natural areas.”
DNREC suggests several ways to make a difference all year long: Pick up trash near home to keep the neighborhood clean. Follow a carry-in/carry-out plan and take out all trash when visiting outdoor spaces, like Delaware State Parks, wildlife areas, reserves, and county or local parks. Pack a disposable bag and rubber gloves when taking a walk, hiking, going hunting or fishing, to collect and carry out trash found along the way. Recycle applicable items through in-home recycling or designated drop-off locations.
DNREC reminds everyone to wear gloves when picking up trash, wash hands thoroughly after cleanup activities, be mindful of social distancing requirements, wear face coverings when near others, follow all public-area protocols, and be safe.
For more information and an updated app, go to de.gov/coastalcleanup.