Community and Volunteers Gather for the 33rd Annual Surfside Beach River Sweep

SURFSIDE BEACH, SC (WMBF) – The 33rd Annual Beach Sweep/River Sweep Trash Cleanup is scheduled for Saturday, September 17 from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m.

Keep Surfside Beach Beautiful is leading the effort at Surfside Beach and looking for volunteers.

Those wishing to volunteer should meet the organizers at the 3rd Avenue North Beach Access at Surfside Beach.

The groups dispersed on foot or by boat from the various cleanup sites and usually return with bags full of plastic and glass bottles, cans, food containers, clothing, toys and cigarette butts. Larger items include household appliances, vehicle tires and building materials.

As much debris as possible is recycled.

Bags and gloves will be provided to all participants.

The SC Sea Grant Consortium partners with the SC Department of Natural Resources to organize the statewide event, which is held in conjunction with the Ocean Conservancy International Coastal Cleanup.

Anyone can participate – individuals, families, schools, youth groups, civic and conservation clubs and businesses.

No pre-registration or registration is required for volunteers.

Complimentary coffee and refreshments will be provided by Benjamin’s Bakery. Attendees are also encouraged to bring non-perishable donations for the local food pantry, South Strand Helping Hand.

Last year, despite COVID-19, 2,255 volunteers cleared more than 20,000 pounds of debris, covering 161 miles statewide.

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