Every year, International Coastal Cleanup Day brings together millions of volunteers with a goal of rallying communities to collect and document the trash that is littering their coastline. This litter cleanup and prevention movement started by the Ocean Conservancy has grown over the last 30 years to include events at beaches, lakes and rivers in more than 100 countries.
Why are coastal cleanups important?
- Water pollution in the form of plastic and toxic chemicals can be harmful to humans by contaminating food and fresh water supplies.
- Animals can easily mistake litter for food, putting marine wildlife at risk of poisoning.
- Participating in a waterway cleanup brings you closer to your community and raises environmental awareness.
- Maintaining clean, healthy beaches and waterways is vital for regions that depend on tourism and water usage.
Local Organizations Making a Difference
Budget Dumpster celebrates International Coastal Cleanup Day by supporting organizations and volunteer groups working to remove trash from our oceans and waterways. In past years, we’ve helped organizations including Keep Lee County Beautiful, SeaGrant and Keep Martin Beautiful remove thousands of pounds marine debris from waterways. Beyond this day, we continually support community revitalization efforts nationwide.
This year, we’re proud provide donations to support:
Missouri River Relief
Missouri River Relief is an action-oriented and , volunteer and equipment-based organization which has engaged 26,745 volunteers to clean-up 920 tons of trash from the river since their inception in 2001. In addition, the organization conducts education programs for students and teachers to build support for a healthy river.
“Missouri River Relief brings people together to make a visible and lasting difference in their community by conducting large-scale river clean-ups and education events right where it matters most–on the banks of the longest river in North America. We connect people to the Missouri River in a vital way, offering a chance to do something positive. Once people learn that this river provides drinking water and other important needs, they become motivated to protect the resource.”
Kevin Tosie, Operations Manager | Missouri River Relief
Friends of Great Salt Lake
Founded in 1994, the mission of Friends of Great Salt Lake is to preserve and protect the Great Salt Lake and its fragile ecosystem. The organization works to increase public awareness and appreciation of the lake through education, research, advocacy and events.
Cleaning Beaches One Dumpster at a Time
Making a dedicated effort to keep the rivers, lake and beaches in our communities clean is a simple effort that improves and protects our natural resources. Do you know an organization that is planning a cleanup in your community? Learn how you can request a dumpster for your event with our dumpster donation program.