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COASTSWEEP Returns! Join us at the annual shoreline cleanup!

COASTSWEEP Returns!  Join us at the annual shoreline cleanup!

September 21, 2019, 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Where:  Flynn Rink Parking Lot, 300 Elm St, Medford, MA 02155

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Every year, volunteers across Massachusetts participate in COASTSWEEP cleanup projects on beaches, lakes, rivers, and shorelines throughout the state.  This work provides a crucial service to the sustainability of our marine/freshwater ecosystems: removing harmful human-made waste from our waters, protecting the health of wildlife and aquatic habitats, and collecting data on human-made waste for analysis!

The Friends of the Fells and DCR invites volunteers of all experience levels to join us on September 21st at 9AM to help us in doing our part!  We will convene in the Flynn Rink parking lot, and be focusing our cleaning along the shores of Quarter Mile Pond and Spot Pond.  Gloves and trash pickers will be provided, but bring your waterproof boots, wellies, waders, or water shoes!

Our COASTSWEEP cleanup is suited for all ages and experience levels.  This is a great event for both the experienced Fells volunteer, or for beginners interested in starting their volunteer work in the Fells.  And, COASTSWEEP is an excellent service project for families!

Contact with any questions or comments!


COASTSWEEP is sponsored by the Massachusetts Office of Coastal Zone Management (CZM), and is part of Ocean Conservancy’s International Coastal Cleanup, where volunteers worldwide collect marine debris and record data to help identify its sources and develop education and policy initiatives to reduce it…

COASTSWEEP is more than a beach cleanup. As part of COASTSWEEP, volunteers help address future problems by filling out data cards to show what they’ve collected. These cards are sent to Ocean Conservancy in Washington, DC, where the information is entered into a massive database. The data are then used to analyze the local and international trends in marine debris and identify its sources to help reduce the problem in the future.

The table below shows the top 10 items found along the Massachusetts coast in 2018, which represents the typical types of debris commonly collected during COASTSWEEP.

Top 10 for 2018

Rank Debris Item Amount
1 Cigarette Butts 34,384
2 Plastic Pieces 21,389
3 Food Wrappers 9,191
4 Foam Pieces 8,362
5 Glass Pieces 8,261
6 Plastic Bottle Caps 8,079
7 Plastic Beverage Bottles 4,380
8 Straws/Stirrers 3,662
9 Other Plastic Foam Packaging 3,333
10 Rope 3,118


For more information:

International Coastal Cleanup

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