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Volunteers to clean up beaches this weekend

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Volunteers will clean up CT beaches this weekend (WFSB) Volunteers will clean up CT beaches this weekend (WFSB)

Hundreds of volunteers will fan out across more than 70 beach sites this weekend, cleaning up miles of beaches from Stamford to Groton.

White Sands Beach in Old Lyme looked pristine clean on Wednesday, but this weekend, a small army of volunteers will comb the beach and search the shore for all kinds of debris humans leave behind or toss away.

"They throw it towards the bin and it doesn't quite make it and the wind will blow it around. More than anything else the waves are bringing stuff on shore,” said Ray Hackett.

Last year, the Connecticut organization "Save the Sound" backed with 2,226 volunteers...picked up more than 11 tons of junk along 84 miles of shoreline.....collecting more than 10,000 items.

Last year they collected nearly 27,000 cigarette butts, 9,700 food wrappers, nearly 6,000 plastic bottle caps, and much more.

Mitchell College beach is just one of three beach sites in the Whaling City, in which college students will help clean up on Saturday.

"We often end up with a lot of teams on campus and they work really well with us because they take leadership very well,” said volunteer Kimberly Blake.

She heads up the science department at Mitchell College and said plastics and debris in the waterways are a danger for marine life because they can ingest it.

"Anything that gets into the water is ingestible by marine life, or for instance a lot of plastics are in the water and if it's very tiny particulate plastics which it doesn't break down into,” Blake said.

Anyone who wants to volunteer can learn more here.

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