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DHEC's Adopt-A-Beach Program

The Adopt-A-Beach program is part of the DHEC Marine Debris Initiative and is a great way for businesses, civic clubs, school groups and neighborhood associations to make a significant contribution to the preservation of our coastal environment. Everyone who participates in a beach cleanup becomes a powerful advocate for the beach against litter.

DHEC's Office of Ocean and Coastal Resource Management (OCRM) has released a new application for the Adopt-A-Beach Program at MyCoast South Carolina. The new system provides a streamlined process for program registration, beach adoption, and marine debris data reporting. To get started, visit the MyCoast South Carolina Adopt-A-Beach homepage to register with MyCoast, establish a beach cleanup group, and select a beach to adopt. In the new system, you will choose an entire beach to adopt rather than targeting a specific stretch of beach. Once your group is registered, download the MyCoast application on any smartphone that will be taken to the beach (available for iOS and Android devices) and use the Adopt-A-Beach reporting tool to record the trash you remove from the beach. Use the reporting tool to tally debris items as you find them; debris weight will automatically be estimated based on the items you find and report. After your beach cleanup, view a summary of your event under the Beach Cleanup Reports section of MyCoast South Carolina.

If you have any questions, please contact Liz Hartje at hartjeen@dhec.sc.gov. Thanks to everyone working to keep our coast clean and healthy!

Recycle your Beach Plastics with TerraCycle!

TerraCycle is Eliminating the Idea of Waste® by providing recycling solutions for difficult-to-recycle waste. DHEC is proud to promote the TerraCycle Beach Plastic Cleanup Program, which allows you to send rigid plastics (found during your beach cleanups) to the company for recycling. Participation is completely free and voluntary. At this time, TerraCycle is looking specifically for plastics found on the beach. Visit the TerraCycle website to learn more about the Beach Plastic Cleanup Program, and check out their Beach Plastics Guide for a quick summary of the program. TerraCycle operates a similar program for recycling cigarette butts through their Cigarette Waste Recycling Program.