Garbage project on state’s coast attracts more than 1,100 volunteers

Thanks in large part to some nice weather, more than 1,100 volunteers turned out April 18 for the annual Washington Coast Cleanup.

Working along the state’s Pacific coast, volunteers hauled away an estimated 22 tons of plastic water bottles, household trash, lost fishing gear and other marine debris, said David Lindau, program coordinator for Washington CoastSavers.

A few weeks before the event, Lindau was concerned because the number of people signing up was down from previous years. Publicity and a good forecast helped draw plenty of help.

The Grass Roots Garbage Gang and Washington CoastSavers will coordinate the next cleanup, July 5 on Long Beach Peninsula. For more information, go to

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