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Oct 08, 2019

Time for Clean Ocean Action Beach Sweeps

By Lori Draz

The bi-annual Clean Ocean Action (COA) Beach Sweeps, the largest environmental event in New Jersey, returns Saturday, Oct. 26 from 9 am to 12:30 pm. The data collected at the clean-ups provides information that can prevent pollution from injuring aquatic life by identifying sources of pollution, monitoring trends and discovering solutions. The Beach Sweeps have become a rallying stop for hundreds of volunteers of all ages, from civic and social groups, schools, businesses, scout troops and many more. The statewide event occurs at the same time at more than 60 NJ locations from Bergen County to Cape May. Locally, sweeps are held in Rumson, Red Bank, Monmouth Beach, Middletown Township, Highlands and Long Branch.

In spring 2019, COA launched the new “Bring Your Own Bucket Campaign” which was a huge success. Sweepers are encouraged to bring their bucket again in October to further reduce plastic use.

The impressive reputation of COA’s Beach Sweeps earned it a featured segment on National Geographic’s Planet or Plastic latest video this August. The video focuses on littered cigarette pollution. The purpose of the program was to challenge the social norm of littering cigarette filters. In 2018, Beach Sweeps volunteers collected an astonishing 21,998 cigarette filters in just six hours along the Jersey Shore. Make no butts about it – if you’re going to smoke, please use an ashtray.

To register to be a part of COA’s family-friendly fall Beach Sweeps, visit CleanOceanAction.org.