The Delaware Technology Student Association (DETSA) State Officers participated in the 32nd annual Delaware Coastal Cleanup on Saturday, September 14, 2019. The coastal cleanup is sponsored by the Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control. It spans the First State’s 97-mile eastern coastline and includes river and ocean shorelines as well as wetland and watershed areas. It is estimated that nearly 2.7 tons of recyclables and trash were collected statewide from 42 sites along more than 68 miles of Delaware’s waterways and coastline. The officers had a great time together while helping clean up.
Delaware’s Cleanup is also part of the Ocean Conservancy’s International Coastal Cleanup, the world’s largest annual clearing of trash from coastlines and lakes by volunteers. Hundreds of thousands of people all over the world help each year to rid the environment of marine debris and collect detailed information on the types and quantities of refuse. The types and quantities of trash collected are recorded on data cards and forwarded to the Center for Marine Conservation, which compiles the information for all of the cleanups held in the country and around the world. This information helps identify the source of the debris and focus efforts on eliminating or reducing waste in our oceans and waterways.