International Coastal Cleanup Day


Several beach cleanups will take place Saturday, Sept. 17 for Ocean Conservancy’s 30th annual International Coastal Cleanup Day.

More than 18 million pounds of trash was collected by nearly 800,000 volunteers during the 2015 ICC. The annual event draws worldwide participation.
Locally, cleanups will take place at GTM Research Reserve, Jacksonville Beach and the Vilano Boat Ramp. 

•GTM Research Reserve cleanup Saturday, Sept. 17 from 7 to 10 a.m. The event will take place at two locations: Environmental Education Center, 505 Guana River Road, Ponte Vedra Beach and the Marineland Field Office, 9741 Ocean Shore Blvd., Marineland. For more information, call (904) 823-4500 or email Shannon Rininger, volunteer coordinator at

•Beaches Sea Turtle Patrol cleanup Saturday, Sept. 17 from 7 to 9 a.m. at Atlantic Boulevard and Beach Boulevard. Trash bags and gloves will be provided at the sign-in tables.

•First Coast Surfrider’s Coastal Cleanup Day Saturday, Sept. 17 from 10 a.m. to noon on the north side of the Jacksonville Beach Pier. Native Sun will provide snacks and sunscreen for event volunteers. Surfrider Foundation will make buckets and gloves available to volunteers.

•Vilano Boat Ramp cleanup 9 to 11 a.m. Cleanup supplies will be provided. Volunteers are encouraged to bring a kayak, canoe or paddleboard to clean some of the islands. For more information, visit