Volunteers clean beach on last 'Beach Clean Up' of 2019

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Volunteers spent Sunday on the beach for the last "Beach Clean Up" of 2019 for the Surfrider Foundation.

Over a dozen people gathered at Bayley Beach in Rowayton for the event.

Volunteers scoured the sand picking up trash. They came up with pounds of plastic, including five buckets of balls.

"We talking about plastic straws... foam cups, plastic water bottles and caps. They're all over the place. And it's really disheartening to see that. But our volunteers come out here every month and we clean them up. We're talking about usually hundreds of pounds of plastic and marine debris," says Jack Egan, of the Surfrider Foundation

Connecticut has a flourishing oyster and shellfish community that has been affected by the pollution.

The Surfrider Foundation conducts a data capture after each clean up. The foundation also take pictures so the public can fully grasp and see the impact they're making.

The Beach Clean Up visits a different beach each month.

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