25th annual Adopt-A-Beach Cleanup is Saturday

Sept. 20, 2011 at 4:20 a.m.

The 25th Texas General Land Office Adopt-A-Beach Fall Cleanup will be from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday at three sites in the Victoria area.

"Any day is a good day to go the beach, but Adopt-A-Beach Cleanups are something special," said Texas Land Commissioner Jerry Patterson. "Come on down for a fun-filled day with about 10,000 other Texans who care about the coast."

Volunteers should wear shoes, a hat and sunscreen. Volunteers will be given data cards, gloves, pencils and trash bags. Most sites along the coast conclude the day's cleanup with cold drinks, hot food and lots of fun.

Volunteers may register online at TexasAdoptABeach.org or become a fan of the Texas General Land Office Adopt-A-Beach program on Facebook. Texans who can't make it to the beach but still want to support the effort can make a tax-deductible donation at www.TexasAdoptABeach.org. Sponsorship levels range from $25 to $25,000.

The Texas General Land Office Adopt-A-Beach program began in the fall of 1986, when 2,800 volunteers picked up 124 tons of trash. In 25 years, 413,000 Adopt-A-Beach volunteers have picked up more than 8,000 tons of trash from the Texas Gulf Coast.

The data collected from the cleanups played an integral part in the passage of MARPOL Annex V, an international treaty that prohibits the dumping of plastics in the world's oceans. In July 1991, the International Maritime Organization designated the Gulf of Mexico as a "special area" where the dumping of trash is prohibited.



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