Volunteers collected almost 80,000 pounds of trash from Texas beaches this Earth Day despite cooler weather, scattered showers and high tides.
Specifically, 534 volunteers collected 18,642 pounds of trash over 16.5 miles of beaches in Calhoun and Matagorda counties, according to the Texas General Land Office.
Cigarette butts, beer cans and plastic bags continued to be the most common items found at the event, which is called an “Adopt-A-Beach cleanup” and organized by the state land office.
Some of the strange things they found on the coast this year, though, included a barbecue pit filled with fishing line and shoes, a car seat, a clock, hypodermic needles, a mattress, a message in a bottle from a Florida fisherman, a saltshaker and a toilet lid.
The next Adopt-A-Beach cleanup is Sept. 15.