Maui's Community Work Day program is seeking volunteers for its Sept. 15 "Get the Drift and Bag It" litter and junk removal effort as part of a monthlong annual global effort to remove marine debris from coastlines.
The Maui event is in coordination with the Ocean Conservancy and Surfrider Foundation Maui Chapter as a part of the International Coastal Cleanup effort.
Maui will have four official cleanup site meeting points running from 9 to 11:30 a.m. that day: Sugar Beach at the Maui Canoe Club in Kihei; by the Camp Olowalu sign; at Maalaea Harbor; and in Kamehameha Iki Park in Lahaina.
Community Work Day officials said that independent groups can work on other days within weeks of the official cleanup date, for flexibility, and be counted in the total amount and kind of coastal trash collected worldwide. The International Coastal Cleanup runs through Oct. 14.
Volunteers can work with the official groups or put one of their own together, according to the organization. If family and friends want to adopt their own area to clean up in their neighborhood, Community Work Day will provide the same tools given to volunteers at the official sites, said the nonprofit's executive director, Rhiannon Chandler.
All volunteers receive water, cleanup supplies and data cards. People are encouraged to bring their own reusable bottles, work gloves, reusable bags and larger litter pickup buckets.
Community Work Day asks volunteers to carpool, ride bicycles or walk to the sites. And divers who are willing to collect trash underwater are greatly appreciated, according to an event announcement.
Chandler said hundreds of thousands of people have participated internationally in the event every year for the past quarter century "to do their part to turn the tide of trash that threatens our marine environment."
Overall, almost 9 million people have picked up about 144 million pounds of trash in more than 150 countries, she said.
In addition, each piece of debris picked up is cataloged to provide data for future cleanup and prevention measures, Chandler said.
Major Maui partners and sponsors include Positive H20, Hard Rock Cafe, Lulu's Lahaina, Taqueria Cruz, Tropic Water, Tutti Frutti, Pacific'o, I'o, The Feast at Lele, Ace Hardware, Styrophobia, Moose McGillycuddy's, Aloha Mixed Plate and Quicksilver, she said.
For more information or to suggest a site for cleanup, contact Community Work Day at 877-2524 or send email to email@example.com. A full list of Maui County's "Get the Drift and Bag it" groups and sponsors is on the organization's Facebook page.