This Saturday, Sept. 15, from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. at 17 locations in Franklin County and an 18th location at St. Vincent National Wildlife Refuge, Apalachicola Riverkeeper, along with the Franklin County Departments of Parks & Recreation and Solid Waste & Recycling, is co-sponsoring the Ocean Conservancy’s 31st annual International Coastal Cleanup, the world's largest volunteer effort to help protect our oceans, lakes and rivers.

In Franklin County last year, 388 volunteers, ages 5 to 75+, collected 3.5 tons of trash from the local beaches, bay, gulf, and river. Each year, volunteers not only remove trash from the environment but also record what they collect in order to develop ways to deter these trash problems in the future.

The 10 locations below need volunteers. We provide trash bags, T-shirts, gloves, water, snacks, and data cards. Volunteers should bring sunscreen, bug spray, protective clothing, and sturdy shoes.

Cleanup Locations and Where to Meet: 

Apalachicola: 10-foot Hole Battery Park – under the bridge
Apalachicola – Abercrombie Landing – 12th Street out about four miles
Bald Point State Park: 146 Box Cut Rd, Alligator Point
Carrabelle: City Pavilion on Marine Street
Carrabelle: Carrabelle Beach Across from RV park
Eastpoint: Downtown Pavilion area on Hwy. 98
Eastpoint: Marion Millender Park – off Patton St.
Lanark Beach: Public Access Pt. – Arizona St. south of Hwy 98
St. George Island: Downtown Lighthouse Park – in front of lighthouse
St. George Island State Park: Check-in at Park Gate (appropriate for adults) 

Apalachicola Riverkeeper is a member-supported watchdog organization dedicated to the restoration and protection of the Apalachicola River and Bay and the only organization whose sole mission is to preserve this spectacular natural resource for future generations. 

Ocean Conservancy educates and empowers citizens to take action on behalf of the ocean. From the Arctic to the Gulf of Mexico to the halls of Congress, Ocean Conservancy brings people together to find solutions for our water planet. Informed by science, our work guides policy and engages people in protecting the ocean and its wildlife for future generations. 

For more info, contact Ada Long at or call 927-3776