The Garden State will once again be a part of a global effort to collect trash and debris along ocean and inland waterways next month. Ocean Conservancy's 26th annual International Coastal Cleanup takes place September 15th where around 8.5 million volunteers from more than 100 countries are expected to participate.

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The New Jersey Clean Communities Council is hosting the event locally. Executive Director Sandy Huber says they'll not only be picking up garbage at the Jersey shore but along inland waterways in urban areas as well where the problems may be more difficult to tackle. "Waterfront Camden is going to be cleaned. Some rivers in South Jersey are a part of the cleanup. We're doing the waterfront up in Newark, Bayonne."

Huber says they'll be working with their network of Clean Communities Coordinators and interfacing with Mayor's all over the the State to help build an army of volunteers. According to the Council's website, about 30 communities through out the Garden State will be participating in the event and she says more communities are being added regularly. Huber says last year over 4,000 volunteers assisted in collecting over 50-thousand pounds of garbage along more than 100 miles of coastline in New Jersey. She says they also collect data on what types of materials they're finding.

Huber says they're asking volunteers to confirm that they're joing the clean-up effort by September 1st. Get the details here or call 609-989-5900.

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