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Volunteers wanted for litter cleanup at annual event

September 16, 2019

Volunteers are wanted for the 31st Annual Beach Sweep/River Sweep on Saturday, Sept. 21 to help remove litter and debris from beaches and waterways.

Each year thousands of people volunteer for the Sweep, South Carolina’s largest one-day litter cleanup of beaches, rivers, lakes, marshes and swamps.

From 9 a.m. until noon, groups spread out on foot or in boats from the various cleanup sites. They typically return with bags packed with bottles, cans, food containers, clothing, toys and cigarette butts. Larger items include household appliances, vehicle tires and building materials.

The S.C. Sea Grant Consortium partners with the S.C. Department of Natural Resources to organize the statewide event, which is held in conjunction with the Ocean Conservancy’s International Coastal Cleanup.

Anyone can participate, including individuals, families, schools, youth groups, civic and conservation clubs and businesses. Volunteers can contact Site Captains and offer to assist at the 2019 cleanup sites listed on the websites below.

To participate in coastal counties, visit or contact Susan Ferris Hill at (843) 953-2092 or

To participate in inland counties, visit /bsrs/sites.html or contact Bill Marshall at (803) 734-9096 or