Volunteers Remove 100K Pounds of Trash Along Virginia Bay Shoreline

The numbers are in, and Virginia's Clean the Bay Day made a big impact.

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An estimated 6,000 volunteers gave up their Saturday to clean more than 250 different sites over 450 miles of shoreline. It's one of the biggest volunteer events in the state of Virginia.

The Chesapeake Bay Foundation says people- some on foot and some in boats- collected 100,000 pounds of litter and debris.

"It is wonderful to see so many thousands of people from across Virginia come together to do their part for our waterways," said CBF Clean the Bay Day Coordinator Tanner Council. "With everyone working together, in just a few hours we've put a massive dent in Virginia's litter problem." 

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The most common items found during today's cleanup were plastic and glass bottles, aluminum cans, plastic bags, and cigarette butts.

Participants also found many strange items including a rusted out car, a complete bed frame, several shopping carts, 40 cucumbers, and a whole coconut.

Cleanups were held at scores of sites across Virginia, including Hampton Roads, Virginia's Eastern Shore, Richmond, Charlottesville, the Shenandoah Valley, and Northern Virginia. All of Virginia's state parks within the Chesapeake Bay watershed offered cleanup sites.

Among the thousands of volunteers were elected officials, including Lt. Gov. Ralph Northam, Rep. Barbara Comstock, Rep. Scott Taylor, Rep. Rob Wittman, Sen. Adam Ebbin, Sen. Lynwood Lewis, Del. Alfonso Lopez, Sen. David Marsden, Del. Cliff Hayes, Del. Stephen Heretick, Del. Rocky Holcomb, Del. Margaret Ransone, Del. Chris Stolle, and Del. Rip Sullivan. Many other local officials, service members, Scout groups, small businesses, large corporations, and thousands of citizens all took part.

Since 1989, Clean the Bay Day has engaged approximately 152,000 volunteers to remove more than 6.4 million pounds of debris from more than 7,390 miles of shoreline.