Volunteers brave rain to get the trash out of the splash

By Melanie LeCroy / melanie@gulfcoastmedia.com
Posted 9/22/21

The rain did not stop Gulf Shores and Orange Beach residents from getting the trash out of the splash Saturday during the 34th Annual Alabama Coastal Cleanup.

Each year volunteers take part in the …

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Volunteers brave rain to get the trash out of the splash

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The rain did not stop Gulf Shores and Orange Beach residents from getting the trash out of the splash Saturday during the 34th Annual Alabama Coastal Cleanup.

Each year volunteers take part in the state’s largest annual volunteer event cleaning up neighborhoods, parks and streets preventing that trash from traveling into local waterways. Over 100,000 volunteers have participated over the last 33 years. In that time, 6,285 miles of coastline have been cleaned and 1,737,734 pounds of debris have been removed.

This year there were eight clean up zones between Gulf Shores and Orange Beach from Fort Morgan to the Flora-Bama. This year, volunteers were asked to use the Ocean Conservancy CleanSwell app to record each item of trash they collected. The information is uploaded to Ocean Conservancy’s global ocean trash database giving a global snapshot of ocean trash.

In Orange Beach, 33 students from Orange Beach Middle and High School assisted Orange Beach Coastal Resources at the Boggy Point boat launch area. Coastal Resources took some students out on the water while other cleaned up the shoreline. 

At the Gulf State Park Beach Pavilion, students from Gulf Shores High School picked up over 1,200 items totaling approximately 80 pounds. A group from LuLu’s Gulf Shores was also on the beach at Gulf State Park hunting for litter.

For more information on Coastal Cleanup or the CleanSwell app, visit alabamacoastalcleanup.com.