September Adopt-a-Beach is the largest annual day of action for the Great Lakes and this year marks the program’s 30th anniversary. Each year, thousands of volunteers cleanup beaches on all five Great Lakes while collecting data on beach litter.

Adopt-a-Beach volunteers are on the front-lines of keeping plastic pollution out of the Great Lakes. More than 85 percent of the beach litter collected by volunteers each year is made up fully or in part of plastic.

New and returning volunteers are needed for Adopt-a-Beach cleanups on all five Great Lakes. Volunteers come from all walks of life, including individuals, families, schools, businesses, and community groups. The cleanups are a part of the International Coastal Cleanup, a global event.

The cleanups are scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 18. Event times vary by location, visit to find locations in your community.

There are two ways to join the fun. Volunteers can visit to find a cleanup in their community or to create their own Great Lakes cleanup event. For more information about what to expect at a cleanup event or how to become an Adopt-a-Beach Team Leader, visit www.greatlakes/AdoptABeach