Volunteers Needed to Remove Trash from Beaches
MAYS LANDING, N.J. – Atlantic City Electric will partner with environmental, civic and business organizations throughout the region to support the 24th annual Beach Sweeps this fall. The effort aims to remove trash from beaches and riverbanks in New Jersey. Volunteers are needed to clean up various sites throughout the state on Saturday, October 24, beginning at 9 a.m.
“Atlantic City Electric enjoys being a part of the Annual Beach Sweeps. It brings the community together and teaches environmental responsibility, ” said Atlantic City Electric Region President Vince Maione. “The cleanup also helps increase awareness of the need to recycle.”
The regional Beach Sweeps is part of International Coastal Cleanup, sponsored by Clean Ocean Action, an organization that works to protect the waters off the New Jersey coast. The types and quantities of trash collected will be itemized. The data will then be used to focus on the source of debris, as well as identify ways to reduce or eliminate waste.
Last year, more than 5,100 volunteers collected an estimated 290,000 pieces of debris from more than 60 locations. Typical debris collected included cigarette butts, beverage containers, food wrappers and fishing gear. Some of the more unusual items included a canoe, an unopened jar of mayonnaise, a refrigerator door, a vacuum and a highchair.
Atlantic City Electric is hosting a volunteer group in Atlantic City on Albany Avenue at the Beach Patrol Station. Volunteers are urged to join the company and help clean our beaches.
For additional Beach Sweeps sites, please visit www.cleanoceanaction.org or contact Tavia Danch at 732-872-0111.
Atlantic City Electric, a public utility owned by Pepco Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: POM), provides safe, reliable and affordable regulated electric delivery services to more than 547,000 customers in southern New Jersey.