6.2 tons of trash

Got some results summing up San Joaquin County’s participation in Coastal Cleanup Day a couple of months back. Looks like the numbers were down just a tad this year.

• 1,348 volunteers picked up 6.2 tons of trash (in 2011, more than 1,500 volunteers collected about 7 tons)

• 170 pounds of recyclable materials were diverted

• 500 volunteers brought their own reusable supplies

• 30 miles of streams and rivers were covered

• Most unusual items: stroller and a hazardous waste barrel that was reclaimed by its owner (organizers believe there was no real waste inside)

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