Volunteers will join together to clear the coast of litter and marine debris this Saturday, March 23, as SOLVE’s annual Spring Oregon Beach Cleanup gets underway.

Last year, some 3,000 SOLVE volunteers removed more than 15,000 pounds of trash from Oregon’s beaches. Volunteers found everything from microplastics to golf clubs at they combed through coastal sites such as Yaquina Bay, Agate Beach and Netarts Bay.

This year’s family-friendly event will run from 10 am to 1 pm at 45 beach cleanup locations from Fort Stevens State Park near Astoria to Harris Beach in Brookings.

Volunteers are encouraged to wear sturdy shoes and dress appropriately for the weather. All cleanup supplies will be provided. Volunteers who would like to help make the event more sustainable are encouraged to bring their own reusable bucket and work gloves. The most common items found during this event are broken pieces of plastic and cigarette butts, both of which are harmful to local wildlife. Bring an old colander to sift the tide lines for these tiny pieces.

For more information and to explore an interactive list of cleanup sites, go to solveoregon.org, or call 971-346-2703 for further details.

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