2012-12-06 / News

1,400 pounds of trash removed from Hull Cove

Clean Ocean Access collected more than 1,400 pounds of trash at its seventh annual Hull Cove cleanup Saturday, including two large bags of recyclable bottles.

A total of 34 paper yard-waste bags were filled with thousands of pieces of broken plastic, fishing debris, shoes, foam, scallop dredge equipment, shotgun rounds, sewage disks and cigarillo tips. Also collected was a frying pan.

According to Clean Ocean Access, the material was littered across the beach, but now is safely out of the ocean.

A total of 45 people showed up to clean Hull Cove. Volunteers came from Jamestown, Newport, Middletown, Providence and Saunderstown, as well as students from Portsmouth High School and St. Michael’s Country Day School in Newport. It was the first Clean Ocean Access cleanup for 13 of the volunteers.

Along with the bags of trash, the group collected nearly 2,000 pounds of pressure-treated wood laced with nails and bolts. They also removed lobster pots and steel poles from the beach.

The Hull Cove cleanup was the 52nd done by Clean Ocean Access since its inception in 2006. The organization is a grass-roots environmental group concerned with safety, cleanliness and open access to the ocean and shorelines. The group performs a coastal cleanup each month from September through May, with impromptu cleanup as required.

The next Clean Ocean Access cleanup will be on Jan. 12 at noon to 2 p.m. at Taylors Lane in Little Compton. Visit CleanOceanAc cess.org for more information.

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