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Sep 24, 2016 1:20 PM

Hundreds help clean trash off of beaches for Blue Ocean Society event


Several hundred people are cleaning New Hampshire’s beaches this weekend in the “NH Coastal Cleanup 2016” event. The massive cleanup is organized, locally, by the Blue Ocean Society.

Friday, Saturday, and Sunday several hundred volunteers are clearing the beaches of trash and other debris.

“We find lots of interesting things and they are all documented,” said Mike Toepfer of Newmarket.

Toepfer has been working as a volunteer and helping organize beach cleans for the past eight years.

Saturday morning he instructed volunteers at Foss Beach in Rye. Handing out gloves and receptacles for the debris, he said they very “uncommonly” pick up potentially dangerous waste such as syringes.

“Fortunately that doesn't happen often,” Toepfer added.

Friday there were 120 volunteers helping clean five New Hampshire beaches. Many of the volunteers came from The Milton schools.

Volunteers are always needed. For more information, go to www.blueocean.org or www.nhmarinedebris.org


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