Hundreds hit beaches to clean up trash

Beach Sweep site captain Pam Ferguson (left) and other volunteers dragged a mountain of trash from under the Harborview Road exit of the James Island Connector Saturday morning. Photo by Susan Ferris Hill, S.C. Sea Grant Consortium

More than 2,000 volunteers spent Saturday morning picking up trash along the beaches, marshes, creeks, rivers and boat landings in the Charleston area.

'We had a great turnout,' said Susan Ferris Hill of the S.C. Sea Grant Consortium, coastal coordinator for the annual S.C. Beach Sweep and River Sweep.

The Sea Grant Consortium coordinated volunteers along the coast and the S.C. Department of Natural Resources along the rivers.

The Ocean Conservancy will tally the data to help keep trash out of the waters.

Last year volunteers collected 25,509 pounds of trash along 193 miles of waterways in Berkeley, Charleston, Dorchester, Colleton, Georgetown and Horry counties, according to the consortium.