The 29th annual Delaware Coastal Cleanup held Sept. 17 drew 1,572 volunteers who collected 6 tons of trash from 45 sites along more than 75 miles of Delaware’s waterways and coastline, stretching from Wilmington to Fenwick Island.
About one-quarter of that trash, which was mostly mostly aluminum cans and glass and plastic beverage bottles, was recycled.
The Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control organized the annual cleanup. Co-sponsors were the Ocean Conservancy; Edgewell Personal Care, which donated gloves; and Waste Management, which hauled trash and recyclables collected by volunteers.
The Delaware Coastal Cleanup is part of the International Coastal Cleanup, the Ocean Conservancy’s flagship program dealing with marine debris and data collection.
The next Coastal Cleanup is set for Sept. 16, 2017. Registration will be posted on DNREC’s website at dnrec.delaware.gov in July 2017. For information, visit oceanconservancy.org.