'Truly inspiring:' SOLVE volunteers remove 21,000 pounds of litter from Oregon beaches

Group who cleaned Baker Beach.

PORTLAND, Ore. – Volunteers helped get more than 21,000 pounds of litter and marine debris off Oregon’s coastline Saturday as part of the annual SOLVE Spring Beach Cleanup.

The Oregon-based non-profit said they had roughly 4,800 people take part in the cleanup at locations from Astoria to Brookings.

“That is truly inspiring,” said Kris Carico, CEO of SOLVE said of the volunteers’ efforts. “We are grateful to each and every one of them."

SOLVE has been holding bi-annual cleanups along the Oregon coast since 1986. They’ve collectively taken an estimated 3.6 million pounds of debris off the beaches.

If you missed out on Saturday’s events, you can still make a difference by picking up litter in your own neighborhood, local park or along the beaches. You can learn more about SOLVE events online.

SOLVE’s annual Spring Oregon Beach Cleanup, presented by AAA Oregon, happens to come right as Oregon Governor Kate Brown declared March “SOLVE Month.”

Below are some of the stories that SOLVE shared of the cleanup effort:

  • In order to divert some of the marine debris from the landfill, SOLVE partnered with the Washed Ashore Project in Bandon. Artists will wash the debris and turn it into educational art sculptures.
  • In Gold Beach, a taco truck arrived unannounced and unplanned providing tacos for the dozens of volunteers there following the cleanup.
  • Many volunteers brought their own buckets and reusable gloves to the cleanup reducing the number of bags and vinyl gloves that were distributed.
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