Volunteers hauled approximately 19,000 pounds of trash from beaches and rivers throughout the Delmarva Peninsula during the 24th annual Coastal Cleanup in September.


Volunteers hauled approximately 19,000 pounds of trash from beaches and rivers throughout the Delmarva Peninsula during the 24th annual Coastal Cleanup in September.

Unusual items collected included a television, VCR, luggage, refrigerator handle, insulated pizza delivery bag, fire extinguisher and bicycle wheel. Typical items found included cigarette butts, beverage containers and balloons with attached strings or ribbons. Balloons, strings and ribbons pose a serious threat to wildlife, which can mistake balloons for food and also become entangled in the strings and ribbons.

The event, cosponsored by Delmarva Power and area environmental, governmental and business organizations, attracted over 3,000 volunteers at more than 50 sites in Delaware and Maryland.

“The record number of volunteers who participated in this important and rewarding project shows that, more than ever, Delmarva Peninsula residents care about the environment and are committed to taking action and making a difference,” said Matt Likovich, Delmarva Power spokesman. “We support those efforts and appreciate the volunteers’ time and energy in cleaning up our beaches and rivers.”

Coastal Cleanup is part of International Coastal Cleanup, sponsored by Ocean Conservancy, an organization that works to protect the world’s oceans.