GLO releases totals on beach cleanup

Special to the PRESS

More than 9,316 volunteers across the Texas coast pitched in Saturday for the 26th Annual Texas General Land Office Adopt-A-Beach Fall Cleanup. The volunteers removed 153 tons of trash from 29 sites along 186 miles of Texas coast.

“The turnout this year was amazing,” said Texas Land Commissioner Jerry Patterson. “We have expanded our social media efforts reaching out through Facebook and other online media to reach people who really care about the Texas coast and who want to help keep it clean, and it seems to be working.”

Volunteers reported finding a wide variety of odd items among the usual cigarette butts, plastic caps and lids, including a mixture of car parts, an intravenous fluid bag, a urinal, a crack pipe, a toilet, a dollar bill and a vial of blood. A few items from Mexico were reported including soda and detergent bottles and also a “Bienvenidos a Mexico” sign found at the Padre Island National Seashore.

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