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Volunteers needed for Mississippi Coastal Cleanup

By: Melissa Schneider/Mandy Sartain / Published: Oct 02,  2017

*Please note the Mississippi Coastal Cleanup date has changed to Nov. 18 due to Hurricane Nate.*

Volunteers of all ages are encouraged to participate in the 29th annual Mississippi Coastal Cleanup that will be held from 8-11 a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 18, 2017. With 50 sites across Jackson, Harrison and Hancock counties, volunteers will remove tons of trash, including plastic bottles, abandoned fishing gear and food wrappers.

Since 1988, thousands of Coastal Cleanup volunteers have removed millions of pounds of trash from Mississippi beaches, waterways and barrier islands. During last year's cleanup, 14 tons of litter was removed.

A group from St. Martin, Miss., poses for a photo during the 2016 Mississippi Coastal Cleanup event.
A group from St. Martin, Miss., poses for a photo during the 2016 Mississippi Coastal Cleanup event.

This year, Mississippi Coastal Cleanup has partnered with the recycling company, TerraCycle, to introduce a recycling aspect to the event. TerraCycle specializes in recycling hard-to-recycle, rigid plastic -- a common form of marine debris that includes plastic water bottles, utensils, beach toys and more.

Volunteers will be provided with cleanup supplies and are encouraged to wear hats and closed-toe shoes. They should also bring water, sunscreen, gloves and insect repellent. Volunteers will receive a free lunch after the cleanup.

Registration is available online at www.mscoastalcleanup.org. For more information, contact Mandy Sartain at amanda.sartain@msstate.edu or 228-546-1025.

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