Volunteers Pick Up Trash Along Neuse River

Keeping our waterways clean is important and that's why hundreds of volunteers spent their time picking up trash along the Neuse River Saturday.

It was all part of the Annual Neuse River Cleanup.

Volunteers picked up approximately 13,821 pounds of trash, including 3,440 pounds of recycling and 53 tires from the banks and bed of the river and prominent tributaries.

Riverkeeper Mitchell Blake told WITN, "We have some areas here on the lower Neuse that still have a lot of storm debris from Irene, the hurricane that came through last year. Right here in Glenburnie where we are working today there is a lot of debris, cups, cans, bottles, just debris from Irene."

Last year volunteers also picked up around 13,000 pounds of trash during the event.

Organizers want to thank everyone who participated.

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