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A Big Thanks to Cleanup Volunteers
Project AWARE Foundation thanks all the dedicated coordinators and volunteers who made a global Splash for Trash on International Cleanup Day, 20 September 2008.  Your commitment helps restore and protect precious underwater environments. Divers and water enthusiasts made a lasting difference at more than 1000 Project AWARE cleanup events in over 100 countries around the world.

What Happens Next? 
Cleanup data is vital for long-term change.  Data from global events helps inform governments, businesses and individuals about the devastating impact of marine debris.

Share your Cleanup Stories
Remember to share your cleanup stories and photos. Get inspired and read up on Project AWARE’s Global Cleanups to help kick start planning of your next event. (check out Rivers Alive for Local Georgia Clean up events!)

About International Cleanup Day
Project AWARE Foundation spearheads global underwater cleanups during International Cleanup Day and year round. Every year 6 million tonnes of debris enters the world’s oceans. Project AWARE empowers dive centers and individuals to clean the world’s oceans, lakes, rivers and shorelines by providing free cleanup materials, tools, education and support for each event.

International Cleanup Day is held annually on the 3rd Saturday in September. Divers and water enthusiasts are encouraged to organize or volunteer for cleanups year round to address the devastating impact of marine debris on the aquatic environment and continue to drive positive change to prevent debris.

In 2007, a total of 358,617 recorded volunteers helped clean 34,560 miles of shoreline and remove seven million pounds of rubbish.

You Can Help Make Clean Waters a Reality

Combat Marine Debris. What You Can Do:

   1. Remove debris you see during every recreational dive or shoreline visit.
   2. The number one item found in cleanups is cigarette filters. 
       Always dispose of them properly and never overboard.
   3. Reduce, reuse and recycle.
   4. Avoid buying plastic products.
   5. Be aware of everything you buy and avoid excessive packaging.
   6. Demand improved and increased number of recycling facilities for your area.
   7. Properly dispose of all pieces of fishing line, net or other associated litter.
   8. Keep plastics and rubbish off the ground and the ocean floor.
   9. Keep storm drains and shorelines free of rubbish.
  10. Get involved in underwater and shoreline cleanups with Project
        AWARE year-round or during September's International Cleanup Day events.

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