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2nd Annual Virtual Actual Earth Day Cleanup

April 22

On April 22, take a bag, don some gloves, and clean your own beach, street, park, roadside, playground, sidewalk, river bank, forest or dune-scape, in honor of the Earth Day.

Register with Laura Ludwig, Program Coordinator at [email protected] by April 20. She will send you a datasheet to record your finds (or you can download one HERE). Return that sheet to her so that she can tally everybody’s results, and email us your photos so we can share your success!

Here’s how it works:
  • Do an hour-long (or longer) cleanup with your pod (or your dog) on Earth Day – Thursday April 22nd. If you’re on Cape Cod, high tide is at 10 am, so start early so you have good access to the wrack line.
  • Use your own bags or buckets and gloves. Gloves are essential for safety. Hazardous items like needles, poop bags, or broken glass should only be handled by an adult and separated from the rest of the debris so as not to contaminate or injure. As a result of an exponential increase in the use of medical items and personal protective equipment, please be aware that PPE items (gloves, masks, wipes) found in your cleanups may be dangerous, should be handled wearing gloves, and should be disposed of properly. If you do encounter PPE on your cleanup, please enter a separate category on the tally sheet for that item.
  • Though it is not mandatory, we hope you’ll use the data sheet and email us the results. We find it’s easier to do this after we get back from the cleanup, but some folks prefer to tally as they go along. It’s up to you – the data will be important for a more robust final analysis.
  • Take pictures of yourselves in the location you have chosen, and one at the very end of your cleanup, showing your debris, and email them to Laura. We will collage all the pics into one “group photo” or video on our Facebook page, Instagram and website.
  • CCS will post the resulting tally there as well, so you can see what an incredible impact your efforts have made.


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