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Thousands Turn Out for 28th Annual Beach Sweep/River Sweep Litter Cleanup

Sep 19, 2016

Charleston, S.C.— Over 3,300 coastal volunteers participated in the 28th annual Beach Sweep/River Sweep litter cleanup on Saturday, September 17, covering 86 sites from Myrtle Beach to Daufuskie Island. A few cleanups are scheduled for September 24, which would raise the estimated number of coastal volunteers to over 3,700 at 96 sites. Approximately 1,000 volunteers participated inland at 27 sites across the rest of the state.

S.C. Sea Grant Consortium and S.C. Department of Natural Resources organize Beach Sweep/River Sweep, South Carolina’s largest, volunteer-driven litter cleanup of beaches, marshes and waterways. “The success of Beach Sweep/River Sweep is largely due to our extremely dedicated site captains and volunteers, who spend their time on a Saturday morning doing something good for their communities,” said Susan Ferris Hill, coastal coordinator with the S.C. Sea Grant Consortium.

Last year over 4,500 volunteers removed nearly 32 tons of litter from the state’s beaches, marshes and waterways. In the cleanup’s 27-year history, 1,209 tons of litter have been collected, and much of it was recycled.