Volunteers Get the Trash Out of the Splash for the Annual Coastal Clean-Up

UMS Key Club students look for trash near Langan Park.
UMS Key Club students look for trash near Langan Park.
Students from the UMS Key Club collect trash at Langan Park.
Students from the UMS Key Club collect trash at Langan Park.

As people all over Mobile woke up to a rainy game day Saturday, hundreds of volunteers were already out scavenging the coast for litter.

“This is the International Coastal Clean-up, which means everyone around the world right now is picking up trash out of the oceans, which is really an exciting thing to think about,” said Kara Lankford, the interim director for Ocean Conservancy’s Gulf Restoration Program.

A group of Girl Scouts from Corpus Christi Catholic School pose for a picture after cleaning up trash in Dog River.
A group of Girl Scouts from Corpus Christi Catholic School pose for a picture after cleaning up trash in Dog River.

Lankford said the rainy weather may have discouraged a lot of the volunteers, but they still had a good turn-out.

Globally, the event attracts nearly 800,000 volunteers who pick up more than 18 million pounds of trash.

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