By Associated Press - Friday, May 22, 2015

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - A nonprofit ocean conservation group says volunteers collected more than 16,000 pounds of trash during an annual cleanup of Rhode Island’s coast last fall.

Rhode Island Public Radio reports ( ) that Save the Bay volunteers picked up the garbage along 59 miles of the state’s shoreline last September.

The beach cleanup is meant to raise awareness about the growing problem of ocean trash and inspire initiatives to reduce and manage waste.

Save the Bay coordinator July Lewis says the No. 1 collected item was cigarette butts. Food wrappers, plastic bottles and caps and fishing lines also were among the top items collected.

The next cleanup will take place in September of this year.


Information from: RIPR-FM,

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