Cleanups work – we have the evidence. Did you know that picking up just one plastic beverage bottle will keep 55,000 pieces of microplastic from ending up swirling around the ocean? And it only takes a few seconds. Every effort we all make to get marine debris off our shores and out of the water is important.
Cleanups also give us a chance to better understand the problem. The better we understand the problem of marine debris, the more effectively we can clean it up and prevent it in the first place. That is why we partnered with the Marine Debris Tracker App developed by Jenna Jambeck at the University of Georgia with support from the NOAA Marine Debris Program.
Here is where YOU come in…
Make your cleanups mean even more, contribute to finding global solutions and work with Rozalia Project to find and implement local solutions at your waterfront. You can save paper and log trash items right to the Marine Debris Tracker App or download one of our data cards, collect info in the field and then log to the App when done. You can even log items with the App offline, and then submit when you are back online.
Using Rozalia Project’s data cards in this App will:
- Give you, your family, your camp, school or organization an opportunity to come together to make a difference and understand the problem of marine debris in your local area
- Connect you with Rozalia Project who will help you analyze the data and come up with and implement solutions
- Contribute valuable data that will inform decision and policy makers – from property owners to governments
- Contribute valuable data that will help fight the problem of marine debris at a global level
Download the app and start logging!
Both the data card and App are very easy to use. If you have any questions, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org. The first time you submit cleanup data to the App, you will be asked to sign in. Note: we recommend logging and submitting a test item (under OTHER) so you can register before you do your first cleanup. After submitting, you will receive a validation email, you’ll need to click the link to finish the registration process.
If you have multiple groups or people uploading data, ask everyone to use the same login and password – this will group all data from only your organization/school/family. We recommend using your organization/school/family name for the login (20 characters including spaces max) and cleanocean for the password. You will also have the added bonus of us knowing who you are when you make it onto the top tracker list!
If you would like your data grouped in with Rozalia Project’s, that works too, just use our login: rozaliaproject and password: cleanocean. Please note that if you use our login, when you download the data, you will get all of our data as well as your own!
You can use the Tracker App whether you are online or not, but you will need to be online to submit your data. Sometimes the paper card works better with large/multiple groups, so in order to save paper as well as make data collection easier, we’ve condensed the short version of the data card onto one page. Just don’t forget to collect the general cleanup information below and log the totals into the App when connected!
For the App and the card, we have two versions: a shorter one great for community cleanups and a longer, more detailed version for science classes and groups who are interested in learning even more about the problem in their area. Both are below and both are on the Marine Debris Tracker App.Add science to your cleanups: download the Data Card SHORT/COMMUNITY CLEANUP VERSION here!
Have data? Time to seek solutions
Once you have done some cleanups and have some data, please get in touch with us and we will work with you to see what marine debris problems are plaguing your waterfront and what actions we can take to make a lasting difference!