The Town of Bluffton, South Carolina Sea Grant Consortium, the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources, and Lowcountry Stormwater Partners invite all of greater Bluffton to participate in the 30h Annual Beach Sweep/River Sweep on Saturday, September 15th from 9 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
Beach Sweep/River Sweep Highlights:
– Volunteers will meet at Oyster Factory Park located at 63 Wharf Street, Bluffton SC.
– Boats and kayaks are needed to assist with cleanup efforts (Please arrive at 8:30 a.m. to allow time for setup).
– Coffee will be provided by Corner Perk.
– All supplies including gloves, bags, vests and water will be provided by the Town of Bluffton, American Rivers, Palmetto Pride, Keep Beaufort County Beautiful and Beaufort County Solid Waste & Recycling.
– Personal supplies such as sunscreen, bug spray and water will be provided.
– Lunch and snacks will be provided by the Hardeeville Walmart.
– Participants need to wear boots or waders to clean along the marshes and waterways. Those picking up litter from the roads need to wear sturdy shoes.
Event Has Waste Reduction Goal:
In the last 18 years, volunteers, community partners and Town staff members have removed more than 20 tons of litter, debris, discarded appliances and abandoned boats from the May River and Bluffton Historic District.
Several years ago, the event added a waste reduction goal. Together with i2 Recycle, a local recycling business, the Town again has made ongoing efforts to reduce event waste. This goal encourages the reuse and recycling of suitable materials. Volunteers are encouraged to take part in the sorting efforts during the event.
In addition to the Cleanup, several organizations, such as Lowcountry Stormwater Partners, the Port Royal Sound Foundation, and the Beaufort County Conservation District will have educational displays about how to improve water quality in our local watersheds, including the May River Watershed.
Continued support of the Town’s annual Cleanups is provided by The Outside Foundation, Outside Hilton Head, Adams Outdoor Advertising, the Port Royal Sound Foundation, Savannah Riverkeeper, the Beaufort County Stormwater Utility, and Waste Management.
Sign up here to volunteer with your local cleanup. Bringing friends and family with you? Please register each volunteer separately!