Galveston, Texas (October 24, 2016) – On Tuesday, November 15, 2016, Artist Boat will host a Ribbon Cutting celebrating the first of six recycling stations to be installed on Galveston Island, Texas beaches. They will be joining thousands of other communities holding recycling events across the country to celebrate America Recycles Day, a national initiative of Keep America Beautiful.

With over six million visitors annually, enjoying the Island’s 32 miles of beaches, over 1 million pounds of trash is generated. Initiated by Artist Boat, the “Leave No Trash Behind” program promotes tourism, sustains the Island’s natural spaces, and educates visitors about the adverse effects of littering.

Harken back to June 2015 and the Gulf of Mexico Alliance All Hands Meeting. Teams in the throes of developing Action Plan III came together in a new cross-team initiative on marine debris. A spark was ignited in the Texas partners who returned home and promptly developed their Marine Debris Task Force for Galveston Island. Their first major step is being launched.

“We wanted to hit the ground running and make an impact right away”, said Amanda Rinehart, Artist Boat program manager. “The Marine Debris Task Force selected this project, among many, to be our flagship effort. We are counting on the public to literally pitch in and make a difference.”

Each “Leave No Trash Behind” station will be composed of a six compartment-recycling center.  The effort led by the Marine Debris Task Force is funded with a 60/40 federal – local match from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Agency (NOAA) and the Texas General Land Office’s Coastal Management program. The Task Force’s mission is to prevent and reduce trash on Galveston Island. It is a collaborative effort between governmental and local community entities. The Galveston Park Board of Trustees and a Hilton Hotel “Travel With A Purpose” grant have generously funded the first recycling station. The Kempner Fund funded the five additional recycling stations.

Join the partners on Tuesday, November 15 at 8:30 a.m. – 9:30 a.m., 53rd Street and Seawall Boulevard, beach side, Galveston, TX.

“Leave No Trash Behind” is a project of the Marine Debris Task Force, a collaborative effort led by the Galveston Park Board of Trustees, State of Texas General Land Office, Turtle Island Restoration Network, NOAA- Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary, Artist Boat, City of Galveston, Environmental Protection Agency,, Galveston Surfrider and Moody Gardens.