Volunteers Wanted for Wellfleet COASTSWEEP Cleanup

WELLFLEET – The annual statewide COASTSWEEP program is underway and the Wellfleet Conservation Trust is seeking volunteers to clean up the town’s coastline.

On Columbus Day, October 9, volunteers will gather at the Wellfleet Mayo Beach parking area on Kendrick Avenue at 10 a.m. where they will assigned to small teams and sent to sections of town beaches.

Every September and October, thousands of volunteers across the state collect tons of trash from beaches, marshes, river banks and the seafloor.

Trash, fishing gear and other marine debris is collected and recorded and given to Ocean Conservancy’s International Coastal Cleanup.

The data is then used to find solutions for keeping trash out of the ocean.

Last year’s cleanup in Wellfleet included 40 volunteers who covered more than seven miles of beaches and recovered over 200 pounds of plastics and other debris in about two hours.

All supplies will be provided, but volunteers may want to bring their own gloves and reusable water bottles.

Co-sponsors of the Columbus Day cleanup include the Wellfleet Recycling Committee, the Wellfleet Bay Wildlife Sanctuary, the Wellfleet Conservation Commission, the Open Space Committee and the Friends of the Herring River.

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