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Hundreds volunteer at Coastal Cleanup

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by Michele Catahay

Guam - Hundreds of island residents took part in the 16th Annual International Coastal Cleanup to rid the island's coastline and our waters from trash and other items. This year, there were 17 land sites and two dive sites. At Tanguisson Beach in Dededo, site leader Kevin Mathis says his group collected more than just plastic bottles and aluminum cans.

"A lot of tires we found in the jungle. We found a car that we saw in the jungle that we have to let Guam Coastal Management know about so they can have it arranged to have that hauled away," he said.  "We found loads and loads of glass stored in bags, a couple of large mattresses."  Mathis also added, "Clean up every time you go to the beach, every time you're out there with your family. Take the stuff out with you and put them in a normal trash receptacle that way it's not left on the beach."

The Bureau of Statistics & Plans along with the Guam Coastal Management Program hosted this year's event.  Last year alone, over 3,000 volunteers collected over 17,000 pounds of trash.

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