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Volunteers Collect rubbish from neighborhoods and shorelines as part of the 16th Annual Lahaina Town Cleanup

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The 16th Annual Lahaina Town Cleanup Competition will be held on Saturday, September 19, 2020. Due to COVID-19, this year's events are different, but the results are still influential. In this year’s clean-up work, community members are encouraged to participate in clean-up work near their homes with their families or family members, while practicing all CDC and Maui County guidelines on masks, gloves, and social distancing. Another new change this year is that, in addition to the International Coastal Cleanup Day cleaning activity celebrated on the third Saturday of September each year, we also encourage community members to participate in the one-month cleaning coastline activity to celebrate our celebration of ICC month. activity. Advance every September.

The 35th International Coastal Cleanup (ICC) of the Marine Conservation Society is the world's largest one-day volunteer activity, which aims to remove garbage from local waterways, beaches, lakes and rivers. Since the first ICC, more than 15 million volunteers worldwide have removed nearly 315 million pounds of garbage from beaches and waterways. In the past 16 years, Lahaina has participated in this sport, where more than 8,000 hours of volunteer time have contributed to the realization of a garbage-free ocean around the world.

"When you participate in the cleanup, you are developing the most direct and influential solution to prevent plastic from entering the ocean," said Matt Lane, the event founder and Aihai Development Manager. "That's why we are so grateful. All the great volunteers who came out today. The awareness surrounding the issue of ocean plastics has indeed developed, and it is great to see people taking action."

Volunteer groups from Maui Surf Clinic, Maui Preparatory School, Lahaina Nana High School, Pacific Whale Foundation, Moku Roots and ProService Hawaii spent a whole day cleaning up the streets of Lahaina, the harbour and from Olowalu to Honokowai A team of 12 square miles including the beach, Sail Maui, two boat ports, cleaned up the Hanakao'o Park and won the support of two-time champion sailor Zane Schweitzer

A 10-man diving team led by Ethan Burke was cleaning underwater. Maui Sustainable Solutions provided water and fruit was distributed to each team leader donated by the Napili Community Garden. The non-profit organization Love the Sea worked with the LahainaTown Action Committee to remove rubbish from the cleanup through a trailer donated by Elite Island Construction. The Maui County Solid Waste Department provides an exemption for garbage that cannot be recycled.

Tambara Garrick said: "We are very grateful to the businesses, non-profit organizations and Maui County for working together to ensure that LahainaTown's annual cleanup continues despite challenges and changes due to COVID-19," the leader of the LahainaTown Action Committee A volunteer from the ProService Hawaii Team said: "It is very encouraging to see the volunteers working so hard under the scorching sun to remove the wreckage before they are discharged into the sea."

Every year, millions of tons of garbage (including an estimated 8 million tons of plastic garbage) flow into the ocean, entangle wildlife, pollute beaches, and cost taxpayers in coastal cities hundreds of millions of dollars. Last year, all ten of the top ten collections were made of plastic, including cigarette butts (fitted with plastic filters), food wrappers, straws and blenders, and-for the first time plastic forks, knives and spoons. , This is one of the deadliest types of marine debris among marine animals. Of particular importance is plastics-they are never completely biodegradable, but will shatter into smaller and smaller pieces, called microplastics. Volunteers for the 16th Lahaina Township Annual Cleaning Work collected 1 ton worth of trailer wreckage, most of which came from abandoned camps along the coast of West Maui.

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