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28th Annual Delaware Coastal Cleanup Planned

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DOVER, Del.- Volunteers from across the state are expected to assist in the 28th annual Delaware Coastal Cleanup on Saturday, Sept. 20.

Scout troops, 4H clubs, businesses and families plan to assist the Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control at 50 different sites.

More than half the sites are part of Delaware's bayshore region and the focus of the Delaware Bayshore Initiative. The initiative aims to conserve the habitats of wildlife, enhance low impact recreational opportunities and encourage economic developments that are compatible with the environment.

The cleanup is part of the Ocean Conservancy's International Coastal Cleanup; the world's largest annual cleanup of trash from coastlines and lakes by volunteers.

The types and quantities of trash are recorded and sent to the Center for Marine Conservation. The center uses this data to help identify the sources of debris and eliminate or reduce them.

A recent  report released by the Ocean Conservancy found marine debris from ocean and land based activities increased by more than 5 percent each year, for the last five years.

DNREC said trash on beaches and in waterways harms marine life and water quality. At last year's cleanup about half of the four tons of trash collected by 1,900 volunteers was recycled.

This year the cleanup plans to continue the recycling program. The 2,500 volunteers are expected to collect and separate trash along Delaware's 97-mile eastern coastline.

The coastline includes river and ocean shorelines as well as wetland and watershed areas.  Rehoboth and Cape Henlopen Beaches have clean-ups planned. Volunteers are also expected at Kitts Hummock Beach.

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