Effort removes 15 tons of debris from coastal beaches

Staff reportApril 28, 2013 

More than 1,000 volunteers helped remove an estimated 15 tons of debris, lost fishing equipment and trash on the state’s coast April 20.

Participating in the Washington Coast Cleanup, the volunteers helped clean beaches from the Makah Indian Reservation to Cape Disappointment.

“The approximate value of the volunteer effort totaled nearly $88,000,” said Jon Schmidt, coordinator for Washington Clean Coast Alliance, the coalition that organizes the coast cleanup.

Since the cleanup began in 2000, more than 11,000 volunteers have cleaned more than 335 tons of trash and debris.

Schmidt said among the highlights from this year’s effort were the donations from private businesses.

He cited the donation of 1,300 trash bags by Global Diving and Salvage; a barbecue lunch served by DNC Parks & Resorts, the concessionaire that runs Kalaloch Lodge; and hot coffee served on the Mocrocks beach by the Captain Bluebird coffee shop.

“It takes a concerted effort of volunteers, public agencies and private industry to pull off a cleanup of this scale,” Schmidt said.

“We depend on the work and dedication of volunteers to help remove the smaller items that are showing up on our coast that would otherwise have devastating impacts on marine life,” Carol Bernthal, superintendent of the Olympic Coast National Marine Sanctuary, said in a prepared statement.

Learn more at coastsavers.org.

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