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Help Keep Plastic Out of the Great Lakes

People cleaning up a beach.

Photo Credit Lloyd DeGrane

A regional Adopt-a-Beach Cleanup will take place on September 17 at local beaches on all five Great Lakes, the largest annual day of Alliance For The Great Lakes organized community beach cleaning events. Thousands of volunteers will clean and celebrate Great Lakes shorelines as part of the International Coastal Cleanup, a global event, and many events are scheduled for the Illinois Lake Michigan shoreline.

Volunteers in each of the eight Great Lakes states will join the ranks of 16 million global volunteers that care for and take a stand for their local waters. More than 85 percent of the beach litter collected by volunteers each year is plastic. This September, the Alliance for the Great Lakes hopes to reach half a million pounds of litter accrued since the program started tracking data in 2003. This amazing volunteer accomplishment will shine a powerful spotlight on plastic pollution in the Great Lakes.

To join a nearby existing cleanup or to organize a new one, visit