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More than 6,700 Volunteers Picked Up More than 100,000 Pounds of Trash from Texas Beaches During Spring Adopt-A-Beach Cleanup

This past weekend’s 30th annual Spring Adopt-A-Beach Cleanup, which Turtle Island, participated in was a huge success.

By the Numbers: 6,757 volunteers showed up at 27 locations to remove 110,663 pounds of trash from 151 miles of Texas coastline.

Since 1986, more than 496,000 Adopt-A-Beach volunteers have cleaned more than 9,200 tons of trash from Texas beaches.

Weird Stuff Found:

·        10 pound iron bar
·        Hand cuffs
·        Scuba diver flipper
·        2 washing machines
·        Japanese cigarettes in a can
·        Sleeper couch
·        Banana magnet
·        Fake mustache
·        Refrigerator

The Texas General Land Office Adopt-A-Beach program is an all-volunteer effort to remove trash from Texas’ shores. Coastal cleanups are held three times each year and the program’s success is due to the hard work of volunteers, including local coordinators who work many unpaid hours publicizing the cleanups in coastal communities. The next cleanup will be the Coastwide Fall Adopt-A-Beach effort scheduled for Saturday, September 24, 2016.

Adopt-A-Beach volunteers record data on the trash they find to learn more about the causes of marine debris and to help mitigate pollution along Texas’ 367 miles of coastline.

To learn more about the Adopt-A-Beach program, visit www.TexasAdoptABeach.org!