Come clean a beach this Saturday and be a part of the world's largest volunteer conservation effort!

The 30th annual International Coastal Cleanup co-sponsored by Ocean Conservancy, Apalachicola Riverkeeper, and Franklin County Departments of Parks and Recreation and Solid Waste and Recycling will take place this Saturday, Sept. 17 from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m.

In Franklin County last year, 438 volunteers collected 8.58 tons of trash from the local beaches, bay, gulf, and river. Each year, volunteers not only remove trash from the environment but record what they collect in order to develop ways to deter these trash problems in the future.

The organizers provide trash bags, T-shirts, gloves, water, snacks, and data cards. Volunteers should bring sunscreen, bug spray, protective clothing, and sturdy shoes.

There are 10 cleanup sites in Franklin County this year. Volunteers wishing to clean:

Ten-Foot Hole and Battery Park in Apalachicola meet under the bridge. Abercrombie Landing meet on 12th Street, about four miles outside of Apalachicola Bald Point State Park meet at the park. Carrabelle’s waterfront meet at the City Pavilion on Marine Street, and for Carrabelle Beach meet in the parking area across from Carrabelle Palms RV park. Downtown Eastpoint meet at the pavilion on Patton Drive. Marion Millender Park on Patton Drive in Eastpoint meet in the parking area. Lanark Beach meet at the public access area across US 98 from the end of Arizona Street. St. George Island business district meet in Lighthouse Park in front of lighthouse. Dr. Julian Bruce St. George Island State Park check in at the park gate. This cleanup is appropriate for adults due to rough terrain. Apalachicola Riverkeeper is a member-supported watchdog organization dedicated to the restoration and protection of the Apalachicola River and Bay.

Ocean Conservancy educates and empowers citizens to take action on behalf of the ocean. Informed by science, its work guides policy and engages people in protecting the ocean and its wildlife for future generations.

For more information on Coastal Cleanup contact Ada Long at adalong@uab.edu or call 927-3776.