Coast Sweep asks for volunteers to help with shoreline cleanup


COASTSWEEP, sponsored by the Massachusetts Office of Coastal Zone Management and coordinated by the Urban Harbors Institute at the University of Massachusetts-Boston, is the state’s annual coastal cleanup program where volunteers not only remove trash but also collect important information about the types of trash they encounter.

Keith Cialino, COASTSWEEP community outreach coordinator, recently contacted Chilmark officials and said the town has not had a COASTSWEEP-related cleanup since at least 2008. Cleanups are scheduled in September and October.

“If you know of any organizations or individuals in your town that might be interested in coordinating a cleanup, please let me know and I will reach out to them,” Ms. Cialino said. “Although late summer/early fall is still a ways off, we’re looking to start the volunteer outreach effort early in hopes of making our 25th anniversary a record-breaking year.”

Ms. Cialino said the coordinator(s) get to select the location and date of the cleanup as well as recruit volunteers for their event, and oversee things on the day of the event. “COASTSWEEP will provide everything volunteers need for a safe, successful cleanup, including gloves, garbage bags, and data cards to record what kind of trash is picked up.”

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