12,000 Pounds of Trash Removed from RI Shores

Volunteers from the Disney Store of Wrentham, MA — at Bristol Harbor cleanup in April, 2014. Photo/Save the Bay.
Volunteers from the Disney Store of Wrentham, MA — at Bristol Harbor cleanup in April, 2014. Photo/Save the Bay.

RI NPR: Nearly 12,000 pounds of trash were collected from Rhode Island shores during an international coastal cleanup last September [2013]. The Ocean Conservancy, a nonprofit environmental advocacy group, mobilizes this annual cleanup. It recently released its yearly data report highlighting the cleanup’s results.

Highlights from the cleanup report:

  • 1,188 volunteers participated in an ICC cleanup
  • 11,921 pounds of trash were collected and removed from the shorelines
  • 68.4 miles of shoreline were covered by volunteers
  • 87,477 total items were collected and documented
  • 73.6 items per volunteer, on average, were collected

Read more about the 2014 Rhode Island shore-cleanup report.