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Volunteers gather across the coast for the Mississippi Coastal Cleanup

Volunteers filled Biloxi Beach Saturday morning for the Mississippi Coastal Cleanup. (Photo source: WLOX) Volunteers filled Biloxi Beach Saturday morning for the Mississippi Coastal Cleanup. (Photo source: WLOX)
Gautier City Park was full of volunteers Saturday, helping Singing River Electric employees pick up the park for the Coastal Cleanup. (Photo source: Facebook) Gautier City Park was full of volunteers Saturday, helping Singing River Electric employees pick up the park for the Coastal Cleanup. (Photo source: Facebook)
A volunteer shows off some of the cigarette butts that were picked up Saturday at Gautier City Park during the Coastal Cleanup. (Photo source: Facebook) A volunteer shows off some of the cigarette butts that were picked up Saturday at Gautier City Park during the Coastal Cleanup. (Photo source: Facebook)
SOUTH MISSISSIPPI (WLOX) -

The Gulf Coast is a little bit cleaner today, thanks to the hundreds of volunteers who helped pick up trash Saturday at various locations across South Mississippi.

The 28th annual Mississippi Coastal Cleanup stretched from Hancock to Jackson Counties, with more than 60 locations along the 90 miles of beach. Some volunteers will also work to clean up coastal waterways and the barrier islands.

All participants received a voucher for a free lunch provided by The Shed. 

You can register to volunteer here.

Volunteers picked up more than 16 tons of debris during last year’s Mississippi Coastal Cleanup in Jackson, Harrison, and Hancock counties and the barrier islands.

The coastal cleanup is part of a much larger nationwide cleanup, encompassing more than 65,000 volunteers over the past 27 years. More than 1.6 million pounds of trash have been removed from Mississippi's coastal land shores, waterways, and barrier island beaches in that time. 

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