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COASTSWEEP cleanup coordinators organize local cleanups with the support of the Massachusetts Office of Coastal Zone Management (CZM). Cleanup coordinators identify the areas to be cleaned up, publicize the cleanup locally, receive supplies, give cleanup instructions and distribute materials to cleanup volunteers, oversee the cleanup, arrange for proper trash disposal, and collect and return data cards.

All of the cleanup supplies are provided free of charge, including:

  • Trash bags
  • Disposable gloves
  • Volunteer Data cards (one per 2-3 volunteers)
  • Data summary sheet (one per cleanup)
  • Site cleanup report (one per cleanup)
  • Safety precaution sheet (one per cleanup)
  • Waiver/sign-in sheet (one per cleanup)
  • Pencils (one per 2-3 volunteers)
  • Self-addressed stamped envelope (to return data cards, summary sheet, and cleanup report)
  • Cleanup posters (one per cleanup)
  • Cleanup coordinator thank you gift
  • Volunteers thank you gifts

Materials are shipped by Federal Express or UPS to cleanup coordinators during the week before the cleanup date.

CZM recommends that cleanup coordinators contact the manager of the site they are cleaning to make sure that he/she is aware of your efforts. The site manager may also be able to help with logistics, such as trash removal.

See the information below for further details on how to conduct a successful COASTSWEEP cleanup.

Cleanup Coordinator Sign-Up Form

To volunteer as a local coordinator, please complete the following form and email it to coastsweep@state.ma.us. (See Contact Us for mailing information.)

Sheet/Waiver

Please have your volunteers read and sign this form. Please use the DCR version for all cleanups held at Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) locations. (You will receive a copy in the mail with your supplies.)

Safety Precautions

To ensure a safe cleanup, please provide these safety precautions to all volunteers. (You will also receive a copy in the mail with your supplies.)

Cleanup Report

Please submit this report, which lists details such as the number of volunteers and bags of debris collected, as soon as possible after completion of your cleanup. Email to coastsweep@state.ma.us. (You will receive a copy in the mail with your supplies.)

Sample Press Release

Do you need helping recruiting volunteers, or are you looking for some media coverage for your event? You can customize this generic press release and send it to your local papers, community television stations, and any relevant groups that send out newsletters. Please feel free to contact us if you need any help with your publicity efforts. If someone does a story on your event, we would like to know about it, so please send us a link at coastsweep@state.ma.us.

2017 COASTSWEEP Poster

COASTSWEEP provides 8½"x11" cleanup posters that you can download and customize with your cleanup information. For those of you who want to use the poster but do not have access to a printer, just let us know, and we'll ship some to you with your supplies.

Data Cards

Ocean Conservancy provides data cards to record all items collected by volunteers and a data summery sheet, which summarizes the results of each cleanup. (You will receive these in the mail with your supplies.)

Other Resources

Below are links to some additional resources to assist with your cleanup efforts.

  • Pocket Guide to Marine Debris pdf format of Pocket Guide to Marine Debris
file size 1MB - This Ocean Conservancy publication provides basic background information about marine debris.
  • Marine Debris Information - See this page for an explanation of the marine debris issue, along with links to additional resources.