SOUTH PADRE ISLAND, Texas – Pollution is a major problem along our coast. Now, local volunteers are helping to clean up the beaches.
The 24th annual Adopt-A-Beach Winter Cleanup taking place today at South Padre Island. Over 300 volunteers and students joining to remove trash from the beach. The coordinator of the cleanup says plastic is the most common trash found along the coast which is causing damage to our sea life.
Renee Tuggle, “The turtles will mistake the plastic bags with food, plastic bottles, jugs and all. Yesterday when I walked the beach in the afternoon I found a milk jug and it had turtle bites all over it. It’s important to make sure we get that trash off the beach.”
Volunteers were given trash bags, gloves and data cards to track what they found. The Adopt-A-Beach Program aims at educating the community on the importance of keeping our beaches clean and our sea life safe.