FORT LAUDERDALE — More than 2,300 volunteers removed more than 4,500 pounds of trash from Broward County beaches during the recent 26th annual International Coastal Cleanup sponsored by Ocean Conservancy and coordinated by Broward County’s Natural Resources Planning and Management division.
A statement said county staff worked with municipalities to collect the trash that ranged from food wrappers to an inflatable boat.
Volunteers reported that more than 72,000 individual pieces of trash were collected, the largest category being cigarette butts and smoking related items, 35,000 of which were removed from the beaches and coastal areas.
Other unusual items included tools, hairclips, a hair extension, mouth guard, iron, carburetor cover, boots and an oriental coin.
Volunteers were drawn from Dania Beach, Deerfield Beach, Fort Lauderdale, Hallandale Beach, Hollywood, Lauderdale-By-The-Sea, Oakland Park and Pompano Beach, as well as Hugh Taylor Birch State Park and John U. Lloyd State Park.
They included school groups, Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts, county and business employees and individuals.
The International Coastal Cleanup, typically held on the third Saturday of September, attracted nearly nine million volunteers in 152 countries and locations. They have collected 145 million pounds of trash from the shores of lakes, streams, rivers and oceans on just one day each year.
For more information on the cleanup, visit oceanconservancy.org