Alabama Coastal Cleanup hits shores this Saturday
SPANISH FORT, Ala. (WALA) – The 35th annual Alabama Coastal Cleanup will take place on Saturday, September 17, 2022. More than 1,000 volunteers are expected to hit the shores of Alabama’s coast, picking up trash and debris. Several more sites have been added this year, so those who want to volunteer should have no trouble finding a location.
“A lot of this (trash) just comes from people who are a little lazy and don’t really respect our environment and throw away whatever they want to throw away,” said Aubrey Bianco, Stata coordinator for Alabama Coastal Cleanup. .
Bianco is counting on a strong crowd this weekend to beautify our coasts. It’s shameful how certain areas look and while many play a part in the mess, few take the time to clean it up.
“Alabama is a beautiful state. You know, I want to see it green. Being from Arizona, it’s all rock and dirt. Coming here you have this beautiful green grass. I don’t want to see trash. I want to see grass,” Derek Baxter said while fishing from the Mobile Causeway.
With the help of volunteers like Michael Zimlich, that grass will be much cleaner this weekend. Zimlich has been part of this effort for 34 years because Mobile Bay and the surrounding waters hold a special place in its heart.
“Well, that’s where I grew up and lived,” Zimlich said. “It’s been a dream since my childhood to lie on the gulf coast, live on a coastal river and enjoy our natural resources. It is the best place to live.
The Alabama Coastal Cleanup is conducted in conjunction with National Cleanup Day each year on the third Saturday in September. This will be the 35th year of the program here on the Gulf Coast and during that time attendance has fluctuated. The organizers expect a strong turnout again this year.
Over the lifetime of Alabama Coastal Cleanup, more than 105,000 volunteers have participated, picking up 1.7 million pounds of trash from more than 6,000 miles of Alabama shoreline.
“Some people may say, ‘Oh my God,’ and some people may say, ‘Ah, that’s not that amazing’ but, to think about it, it’s only been thirty-four days, technically,” Bianco explained. . “It’s an annual one-day event, so it’s pretty amazing to think about how much everyone has collected.”
The cleaning will take place from 8 a.m. to noon on Saturday. If you want to be part of it, there is still time to volunteer. All cleaning products will be provided. Don’t forget to bring a reusable water bottle, sunscreen and a snack.
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