(September 1, 2020 by the Office of Governor Carney) Trash on our beaches and in our waterways isn’t just unsightly – it’s also potentially dangerous to marine life and in some cases harmful to water quality. The annual Delaware Coastal Cleanup offers volunteers an opportunity to help make a difference for Delaware’s shoreline and waterways while joining an international effort to clean up the world’s waters.
For 2020, a Virtual Coastal Cleanup
Join a month-long virtual coastal cleanup campaign during September 2020. Pick up trash in your neighborhoods and nearby parks, on beaches and along waterways to help Keep DE Litter Free.
Due to concerns related to COVID-19, the 33rd annual Delaware Coastal Cleanup won’t be a one-day event with groups gathering to clean specific beaches and coastal areas across the state. Instead, during September, volunteers will clean up debris, like cigarette butts, food wrappers, abandoned sports equipment, tires and more, that often end up in the ocean and waterways.
They will document their findings and share photos in a new online volunteer survey.
Volunteers can recruit family from their household or friends in their pandemic pod to join in a group cleanup, but large groups are discouraged.
Throughout September, find ideas about how to get involved in the 2020 Delaware Coastal Cleanup on Facebook and Twitter. Volunteers can post photos on facebook.com/DNREC for a chance to win a 2021 Delaware State Parks pass. Each photo post counts as an entry. Volunteers can post as often as they like throughout the month.
- Wear gloves when picking up trash.
- Wash hands thoroughly after cleanup activities.
- Stay at least six feet from people from other households.
- Wear face coverings when working in groups that include people outside your household, or when you are unable to social distance.
- Avoid larger numbers of people by choosing early morning or evening, weekdays and cloudy days for cleanups.
- Follow all local rules and regulations.
There are many ways to make a difference all year long:
- Pick up trash near your home — streets, roadways, natural areas and open spaces — to keep your neighborhood clean.
- Follow a carry-in/carry out plan and take all trash away with you after visiting outdoor public spaces, like Delaware State Parks, fishing and boating piers and ramps, wildlife areas, reserves, county or local parks.
- Pack a disposable bag and rubber gloves when you take a walk or hike, go hunting or fishing, etc., to collect and carry out trash you find along the way.
- Recycle what you can through in-home recycling or designated drop-off locations. Learn more at Delaware Recycles.