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Recycling expanded at MS Coastal Clean up

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Marie and Ben Mullen coordinate the clean up at Gulf Park Estates Pier. Marie and Ben Mullen coordinate the clean up at Gulf Park Estates Pier.
JACKSON COUNTY, MS (WLOX) -

Less of the trash from the Mississippi Coastal clean up will end up in a landfill as more volunteers get the chance to go green.

For the past few years, officials said people who wanted to help clean our beaches and barrier islands had only a few sites where they could collect recyclables. This year officials decided to make recycling an option for all clean up locations across Harrison, Hancock and Jackson counties.

Ocean Springs Boy Scouts spent Saturday morning trying to make Front Beach litter free as part of the Mississippi Coastal Clean up.

Ryan Shields said, "We've been under the bridge and getting all the trash out from the beach. It's fun to clean up coastal lands."

Marie and Ben Mullen have been coordinating the clean up at Gulf Park Estates Pier for more than two decades. They said this time was the largest turnout ever for this location at 136 volunteers.

"It's impressive and it's heart warming to know that so many people care to come out and take care of their environment," said Ben Mullen. "We only get one world and so it's important to take care of it. So it was important, especially to see the wide variety of age ranges. Very young people to older folks. So everybody seemed to care and they came out."

Instead of all the trash ending up in a landfill officials gave volunteers the chance to help the environment by sorting out the aluminum, glass and plastics.

Marie Mullen said, "Volunteers care about our community and they think recycling is important. So recyclables are sorted just as they are at home. They wanted to do that."

"I don't like trash on the ground because it's really not nice. You can kill the Earth,"said Shields.

Governor Phil Bryant championed the event by saying, "I encourage people to participate in this year's Mississippi Coastal Clean Up to make it a great success."

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