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NJ Beach Sweeps Clean Up the Trash

NJ Beach Sweeps Clean Up the Trash
Undies, Barbie shoe, pier among NJ beach trash.

A plastic heel from a shoe, underwear, a medical mask, and parts of a pier were among the stranger items collected by volunteers from the sands of Point Pleasant Beach during beach sweeps over the weekend.

Clean Ocean Action held its annual fall beach cleanups in 60 spots up and down the Jersey shore, removing thousands of items that were either left behind by beachgoers, or that washed up with the tides after being discarded elsewhere.

On Sandy Hook alone, volunteers picked up nearly 3,500 food and candy wrappers; 142 rubber balloons; 3,300 plastic straws and stirrers; more than 100 plastic light sticks, and nearly 600 plastic forks, knives and spoons.

Since 1985, over 90,000 volunteers have removed over 4.5 million pieces of debris from New Jersey's beaches and waterways.