Volunteers to sweep Beaufort County waterways in Saturday cleanup

info@islandpacket.comSeptember 19, 2013 

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In this file photo, Israel Bejar, right, picks up trash with his wife Carla and children Faith, 8, and Israel, 10, at Coligny Beach on Hilton Head Island. The family and other volunteers were part of Beach Sweep, a community-wide event to clear debris from beaches, rivers, lakes, marshes and swamps. Debris collected will be used by the South Carolina Sea Grant Consortium to learn more about the sources of litter.

SARAH WELLIVER — SARAH WELLIVER/ The Island Packet

Saturday's 25th annual Beach Sweep/River Sweep will help tidy up a dozen sites around Beaufort County.

The largest one-day litter cleanup of South Carolina's beaches and waterways is organized by the S.C. Sea Grant Consortium and the S.C. Department of Natural Resources.

Last year, 355 volunteers collected 1,365 pounds of garbage from 21 miles of Beaufort County beaches and waterways, according to the consortium's website.

This year, volunteers will scour sites across the county, including beaches on Hilton Head Island, the May River, St. Helena Island, Harbor Island, Hunting Island State Park and Fripp Island.

Groups of Walmart and Starbucks employees will volunteer at county boat landings at Lady's Island and Pigeon Point, said Beaufort County recycling coordinator Carol Murphy.

"The Starbucks groups will even be bringing coffee," Murphy said.

In Bluffton, volunteers will meet at 9 a.m. at Bluffton Oyster Factory Park on Wharf Street to clean the May River area, said Bluffton stormwater management director Kim Jones.

Starbucks employees will volunteer and provide coffee, while Walmart employees will grill hamburgers and hot dogs after they help with the May River cleanup, Jones said.

The number of volunteers at the site in Bluffton has slowly grown each year, Jones said. Last year about 75 volunteers participated, and she hopes that many attend this year.

Exact hours vary at each site, but the events generally last from about 9 a.m. until noon, Murphy said.

For more details about a cleanup site, contact the corresponding site captain:

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