Hundreds of volunteers clean area beaches - KPLC 7 News, Lake Charles, Louisiana

Hundreds of volunteers clean area beaches

by Brandon Richards bio | email

LAKE CHARLES, LA (KPLC-TV) – Hundreds of volunteers showed up to clean Lake Area beaches and waterways as part of a global wide project known as Beach Sweep 2010.

Volunteers usually find a variety of items on their cleaning missions. Last year, volunteers found a senior class ring. This year, the most interesting item found was a chunk of concrete that had fallen from the I-10 Bridge. One group even reported finding a dead animal.

Last year, 400 volunteers filled 375 bags, cleaned 30 miles of shore and collected 4,500 pounds of garbage.

The official results of how much litter was picked up won't be known for a while. However, volunteers said they noticed less litter this year. Lake Charles Mayor Roach said that showed progress.

"It was a great day. It was a great day to get all the kids together and help with what we needed to do to bring awareness to the problem that trash and litter have not just on beaches, but the waterways of Calcasieu Parish and Lake Charles," said Mayor Roach.

Waste Management provided dumpsters at six sites where volunteers took the garbage they collected.

Beach Sweep 2010 was sponsored by the City of Lake Charles and Team Green of Southwest Louisiana.

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