SALISBURY, Md. (AP) -- Volunteers have collected about 31,000 pounds of trash from beaches and rivers in the mid-Atlantic region, including a kitchen counter top and flag pole.
The trash was collected during the 25th annual Coastal Cleanup event, co-sponsored by Delmarva Power and environmental, governmental and business organizations. More than 2,700 volunteers participated in the cleanup last month at 50 sites in Delaware, Maryland and New Jersey.
Organizers believe extra debris washed ashore this year during Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee. Last year, about 19,000 pounds of trash was collected.
Among the other items hauled in this year were a BMX bicycle, woman's wig, car bumper and rain gutter.
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