SJR State students participate in International Coastal Cleanup
Eighteen students from St. Johns River State College’s Orange Park campus picked up litter among a section of Jacksonville Beach recently as part of the International Coastal Cleanup. This is the third year that SJR State students, led by advisors Karen Meyer and Paula Reeger and representing the campus’s Nature and Rotaract clubs, have participated in the event. Students collected and categorized bags of trash, including cigarette butts, glass, Styrofoam beads and small pieces of plastic, which, according to Meyer, can be harmful to marine animals who mistake these items for food.
The International Coastal Cleanup celebrated its 30th anniversary this year as a worldwide effort by the Ocean Conservancy organization, in partnership with volunteer groups globally, to remove trash from beaches and waterways, identify the source of the debris, and change the behaviors that contribute to marine debris. The event is celebrated annually on the third Saturday in September.
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