Bring a bucket and help Loggerhead Marinelife Center (LMC) in its inaugural Tour de Trash here in south Florida. Beginning this weekend, LMC will be presenting its greatest beach cleanup effort to date and welcoming helping hands to collect marine debris. The initiative will sweep across Broward, Miami-Dade and Palm Beach Counties throughout September.
Participants will be given mesh bags to scour debris, which will be collected and sorted in alignment with best practices administered by NOAA and the Ocean Conservancy. At each location, guests will listen to stimulating conversations on ocean conservation and join demonstrations that repurpose ocean plastic and give trash a second life through solar-powered machines. There will also be free t-shirts and exciting giveaways while supplies last.
The Tour de Trash locations include:
● Saturday, September 4 – Lake Worth Beach, 9:00 am. to 11:00 a.m.
● Sunday, September 5 – Dania Beach Pier, 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
● Sunday, September 12 – Juno Beach Pier, 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
● Tuesday, September 14 – Palm Beach, visit the Turtle Tuesday’s Instagram for location, 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
● Saturday, September 18 – Deerfield Beach Pier, 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
● Sunday, September 19 – Pompano Beach Pier, 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
● Saturday, September 25 – Sunny Isles Beach, 8:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
● Sunday, September 26 – Singer Island, 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
“The Tour will allow us to expand marine debris removal efforts and educate others about the most commonly found items on south Florida beaches,” said LMC Conservation Manager, Katie O’Hara. “We’re excited to use this as another approach to develop pollution prevention initiatives and awareness campaigns. Especially as ocean plastic is a global issue that requires actions from all touchpoints, open dialogues with participants and a desire to make more sustainable choices.”
The widespread beach cleanups are funded in part by the Ocean Conservancy’s Small Grants Program. The grant will fund the Tour’s pollution prevention tactics, such as installing cigarette litter receptacles, to collect frequently found marine debris at the source.
Join LMC in its headlining Tour this fall! Supporters of all ages are welcome to participate in the free events. For more information, please visit marinelife.org/tour-de-trash.