Bag Monster Heads to Hawai’i for International Coastal Cleanup

Posted by — September 18, 2009 7:53 pm

Thousands of volunteers will gather on Saturday at beaches across the globe to participate in the largest volunteer event of its kind – International Coastal Cleanup. An Ocean Conservancy event that first started in 1986 in a single US State has grown to an international effort to clean our oceans, lakes, rivers and streams.

The first Coastal Cleanup brought out 2,800 volunteers to remove 124 tons of debris from 122 miles of Texas shoreline. Last year close to 400,000 volunteers gathered across the globe to remove a total of 6.8 million pounds of garbage from waterways in 100 countries and 42 US States. If you would like to participate, visit the Ocean Conservancy site for more information.

Bag Monster will be pitching in at the 5th Annual Lahaina Clean Up. Like many cities around the globe, Lahaina, Hawaii is hosting a clean-up event this Saturday. Over the past four years more than 1,000 volunteers have donated their time to clean up the beaches and streets of Lahaina. This year they hope to see over 500 volunteers participate in the event.

Last year over 200 volunteers came out to participate – Photo courtesy of Tomi Tsuda

If you are in Lahaina, make your way over to Kamehameha Iki Park tomorrow at 9:00 a.m. to participate. The goal is to clean the entire town of Lahaina from Launiupoko Beach Park to Canoes restaurant, from the beach to Honoapiilani Highway, and from Lahaina Luna High School down to the beach – covering over four square miles!

The event will be more than just a clean up; it will be a completely “green” event. All materials used will be biodegradable and recycling and composting services will be fully utilized. Educational booths will be set up to educate volunteers about biodegradable products and environmentally friendly purchasing decisions. Following the clean-up there will be free food and great entertainment. Last year was a great success with over 200 volunteers and this year is is expected to be even better.

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