ERIE, Pa. — Results are now in after volunteers walked 40 miles of shoreline and waterways picking up trash for the Coastal Cleanup in September.
Around 1,800 people showed up in September to help pick up a total of 5,000 pounds of trash in Erie.
Volunteers found everything from food wrappers to bottles, cans and straws. Cigarette butts being the most frequently found pieces of litter.
A lot of the trash came from Presque Isle State Park, although there were 17 sites from across the area that were cleaned up.
“Not only do we see large amounts of litter populating these areas going down or streams to people just walking throwing things out the window, but we try to build a sense of place any bring the community together and try to bring a sense of volunteerism,” Jacob Moore from the Department of Environmental Protection said.
The Coastal Cleanup happens every year on the third Saturday of September.