The numbers are still being added, but the result is still the same: it was another successful International Coastal Cleanup in Ocean City.
According to preliminary figures from Ocean City Surf Club, a longtime participant in the event, approximately 145 Adopt Your Beach volunteers were part of the total 214 registered participants in the worldwide trash cleanup held on Saturday.
As of Tuesday, organizers reported that 500 pounds of trash was collected and about 700 volunteer hours logged.
“The storm really brought us a lot of extra litter,” said OC Surf Club member Effie Cox, who also helped built the beach adoption program. “There was a lot of stuff that was uncovered and washed up to shore in the rough waters, like plastic items and surprising [amount] of sand toys.”