MOBILE, Ala. (WALA) – Gulf Coast residents busy deep cleaning the shores for the 35th annual Alabama Coastal Cleanup on Saturday.
Nearly 600 volunteers have come to help beautify the city of Fairhope and its shores.
The cleanup has called on people in the community to try to clear trash out of the splash zone.
One volunteer said: “I want to help clean up and keep this place beautiful.
From shore to garbage trucks, volunteers crisscrossed Fairhope’s beaches and brought back bags of trash and debris.
“We walk along the bay and there is always some kind of trash or debris and we always try to pick it up when we go out,” said John Brandon.
Volunteer John Brandon stepped out with his daughter. What started as a church youth project has become a family tradition.
“I think it’s important that you put together a team and try to achieve as much as you can and show others that it’s doable and you can clean things up,” Brandon said.
For many others, it was their first time participating in the cleanup.
“This is really our first year and it’s been really fun,” said a Girl Scouts volunteer, “it keeps the place clean and definitely helps the environment.”
Organizers say that over the years, about 100,000 volunteers have participated, picking up 1.7 million pounds of trash from beaches in Alabama.
The less trash to pick up each year, the better, says Paige Crawford, Fairhope’s director of community affairs.
“Obviously every year we like to pick up less and less,” says Crawford, “it’s also just a great day to raise awareness and let people know what ends up on our sidewalks and The last in our storm drain will end up here at our Fairhope beaches. “
Fairhope’s beaches looked a lot cleaner this weekend, thanks to volunteers who took the time to clean up.
There are also opportunities to recycle plastic and aluminum cans and bottles.
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