- Associated Press - Saturday, March 22, 2014

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) - Thousands of Oregonians helped clean up the state’s beaches during the spring litter clean-up.

Over 4,500 volunteers helped clear the entire Oregon coast of trash on Saturday. An estimated 45,955 pounds of debris was removed, including 14 tires.

The twice-annual cleanup has been organized by the SOLVE nonprofit organization for the past 30 years.

The cleanups have seen volunteers remove an estimated 2.8 million pounds of trash from Oregon beaches since 1984.

The most common items found this year were cigarette butts, fishing ropes, and plastic bottles.

Volunteers also found the remains of a sunken crab vessel in Brookings, a large semi-truck tire at Glenedan Beach, and a 200 pound block of Styrofoam in Netarts Bay.

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