Delmarva Power is once again joining with environmental, governmental and business organizations throughout the region to support the 27th annual Coastal Cleanup this fall. The effort aims to remove trash from beaches and riverbanks in Delaware, Maryland and New Jersey.
Volunteers are needed to clean up more than 60 locations. Most cleanups will occur on Saturday, Sept. 21, while others will take place on other dates in September and October. Each participant will receive an original Coastal Cleanup T-shirt (while supplies last), courtesy of Delmarva Power, the event’s primary corporate sponsor for 23 consecutive years.
“Delmarva Power believes this annual cleanup is an environmental, educational and community event,” said Matt Likovich, spokesman for Delmarva Power, during a Coastal Cleanup kickoff news conference on Wednesday in Ocean City. “The cleanup benefits the environment, educates the public about the dangers of pollution and the importance of recycling, and brings people together to work on a worthwhile project.”
In last year’s cleanup, more than 2,100 volunteers collected an estimated 18,000 pounds of trash. Unusual items collected included a Hula-Hoop, toilet, sofa pillow, plaster cast of a foot, car headlight and lottery tickets inside of a bottle. Typical items found included cigar and cigarette butts, beverage containers, plastic bags and balloons with attached strings or ribbons. Balloons, strings and ribbons pose a serious health threat to animals and aquatic life which can mistake balloons for food and become entangled in the strings and ribbons. Delaware has introduced recycling as part of the cleanup with volunteers separating trash from recyclables