Registration is Now Open for the Maine Coastal Cleanup 2021!
Thank you for your work to keep our coast clean!
The International Coastal Cleanup was established over 35 years ago to address the problem of trash in our oceans and on our coasts. The Ocean Conservancy manages the ICC and maintains a database of all the items that volunteers around the world record when collecting trash. As of 2020, the one-day event in September has become a whole month of Cleanups around the world! See the 2020 report here (PDF, 32 pages).
MCP has been the State Coordinator for the International Coastal Cleanup for over 30 years and remains committed to supporting and facilitating annual Cleanups of our coastal beaches and waterways. Volunteers join MCP by adopting a location and soliciting others to join them in cleaning up the trash from their location of choice and helping to keep our coast and ocean trash free!
For news and information on the impacts of marine debris please visit the following:
- The NOAA Marine Debris Program
- Bloomberg.com - The no-packaging movement - By Elizabeth Elkin
- Nationalgeographic.com - We Know Plastic Is Harming Marine Life. What About Us? -
- Ocean Conservancy - Pandemic Pollution: The Rising Tide of Plastic PPE
To get information on the high and low tides for your Cleanup location please visit:
How do I participate in the Maine Coastal Cleanup?
By visiting our Coordinator Registration Form (below) you can choose your cleanup location from a drop down menu of options. If you do not see your preferred location it has probably been adopted by someone else and you will need to choose a different location from the menu options. You will also choose your preferred date and time of day.
Once your registration has been received we will remove your chosen location from the options on the location menu. If you indicate on the registration form that your Cleanup is open to volunteers we will list your email below as the contact person along with the location, date and time of your event below.
In the week or so before your Cleanup you will receive a Coordinator package that will contain materials such as ICC datasheets and trash bags, a Coordinator t-shirt and informational materials to help with your event. We are encouraging Coordinators to have their volunteers bring gloves, hats, buckets - to reduce the number of plastic bags needed at the Cleanup site - and water. The Coordinator is responsible for the trash collected.
NOTE: If you are looking for a Cleanup location that you can join as a volunteer, please return to this page through the summer as we will post “Cleanups Looking For Volunteers” below when that information becomes available.
If you are looking for support to do a Cleanup at another time of year or if you have any other questions regarding Cleanups or Marine Debris please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Want to volunteer? Here's a list of cleanup locations looking for help:
Location: Wells, Wells Beach - Date: 9/11/21 - Time: 11:00AM - 3:00PM - Contact: email@example.com
Location: Lubec Coastline - Date: 9/18/21 - 9/26/21 - Time: 8:00AM - 5:00PM - Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
Location: Portland, Peaks Island - Landing Beach - Date: 9/25/2021 - Time: 9:00AM - 1:00 PM - Contact: email@example.com
Location: Phippsburg, Popham Beach State Park - Date: 9/18/21-9/25/21 - Time: 9AM - 4PM - Contact:Sean.firstname.lastname@example.org
Location: Pembroke Shoreline - Date: 9/25/21 - Time: 8:30AM - 5:00PM - Contact: email@example.com
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