People from the state's west coast to the east coast set out to do some dirty work today. In Jackson County, high school volunteers learned a lesson about the environment that you don't find in a textbook.
"We were in shock and awe when we saw a crab with a cigarette stuck to the bottom of it. It kind of tells you how some people treat the community," said volunteer Ronnie Warren.
"We saw a lot of trash that people either throw out of their car, try to throw it in the garbage can and miss the garbage can by some accident. But we did find wood and some debris, so it's a mixture of both, really," said volunteer Erin Sherman.
Volunteers in Jackson County scoured 24 hotspots for litter, including the beachfront.
"I wanted to help clean up the community because I've been really wanting to go to the beach, but my parents always say it's too dirty, so this will help," said volunteer Joshua Price.
In Harrison County, volunteers were equally busy. In Pass Christian alone, more than 130 volunteers collected trash.
"We just really come out here to clean it up, so we can have fun again and have get togethers," said volunteer Seana Flynn.
In Mississippi's three southernmost counties and the barrier islands, more than 27 tons of trash were collected. 3,434 volunteers pitched in.
Event organizers say cigarettes, food wrappers, and bottles made up a lot of the debris collected.
The Department of Marine Resources sponsors the event. It's part of the national 'Take Pride in America' event. This is the Coastal Clean Up's nineteenth year.