Bowling Ball, Wig -- What's The Connection?
Jan 13, 2005, 12:47

Volunteers picked up 9,366 pounds of trash -- enought to fill 630 trash bags -- at the 2004 Coastal Cleanup last September, according to the state Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control.
The cleanup was held Sept. 18 in a variety of locations along Delaware's coastline.
Some of the more interesting items picked up by 739 volunteers during the three-hour event included:
  • A bowling ball;
  • A woman's wig;
  • A shopping cart;
  • Keys;
  • Furniture;
  • Make-up;
  • A car bumper;
  • A cell phone; and
  • A film canister with the film still in it.

Volunteers also picked up 15,351 cigarettes or cigarette filters.

Delaware participates in the International Coastal Cleanup sponsored by The Ocean Conservancy, whose sponsorship includes supplying trash bags,data cards and more.  Pre-registrations for this year’s cleanup indicated that there would be a large turnout, but storms, particularly in New Castle County, prevented many groups from participating.

Here is a summary of the 2003 cleanup results:
  • 1,135 volunteers;
  • 17,564 pounds of trash; and 
  • 14,072 cigarettes/cigarette filters

DNREC was responsible for organizing the event, recruiting volunteers anddistributing supplies, ensuring trash removal and tabulating all the data.

Corporate sponsors promoted the cleanup and contributed staff time and supplies.  Conectiv, the primary corporate sponsor, donated the t-shirts.

Playtex of Dover continued their support by donating gloves to protect the volunteers.  Many municipalities helped with trash pick-up.

Delaware’s next coastal cleanup has been scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 17, 2005. Check DNREC’s website in March for registration information. For more information on The Ocean Conservancy or the International Coastal Cleanup visit the Conservancy’s website,

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