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Volunteers take to beach for coastal cleanup

Save the Sound, a program of Connecticut Fund for the Environment, joined with local volunteers and partners including sponsor Bank of America at 22 cleanup sites around the state last weekend as part of the 28th annual International Coastal Cleanup.

This is Save the Sound’s 11th year coordinating the Connecticut cleanups that help keep Long Island Sound’s beaches safe for people and wildlife, the group said in a statement. Ocean Conservancy, creator of ICC, works with groups in 100 countries and all 55 U.S. states and territories on this worldwide day of action for trash-free seas.

“The International Coastal Cleanup highlights the amazing cumulative impact that each of these community cleanups has on our planet,” Save the Sound executive director Curt Johnson said in the statement. “One cleanup on a local beach may be just a few people, but that adds up to thousands of volunteers across Connecticut … and hundreds of thousands worldwide. Together we’re making beaches cleaner for visitors, protecting wildlife from the dangers of litter, keeping toxins out of the marine food chain, and forging a deeper connection to our natural resources.”

Click here for a full list of ICC cleanups in Connecticut.

Click here for information about ICC worldwide.