On September 10, Fort Lauderdale Beach Sweep will celebrate its one-year anniversary, including participation in the Ocean Conservancy’s Annual International Coastal Cleanup. The nonprofit beach cleanup group is concerned not only with the environmental effects of litter on our beaches but with the economic impact as well.

Upon Beach Sweep’s first anniversary, more than 1,250 volunteers, including students, environmentalists and beach lovers, will have joined forces to give back to their community. Local nonprofits, employer-based programs, alumni associations and students of any age seeking community service hours are all welcome to participate.

Beach Sweep has enlisted the help of environmental education group Kids Ecology Corps. (KEC) to teach how actions on land impact the health of our oceans and wildlife.

Local publisher and eco litter artist SusieQ often participates by combing through collected trash to make art (on display at Fort Lauderdale City Hall and Broward County Main Library).

Volunteers, arrive any time after 7am, second Saturday every month, collect litter for one hour or all four. Cleanup ends 11am. Buckets, grabbers and gloves provided. Register at The Hub, 300 S. Fort Lauderdale Beach Blvd. Limited volunteer parking at Las Olas South Intracoastal Lot, 40 Las Olas Circle.

For more information, visit Facebook.com/flbeachsweep.