Thousands of volunteers help clean Miss. coast

By The Associated Press

BILOXI — South Mississippi’s streets and waterways are about 60 tons of trash cleaner than they were when the weekend started, according to the state Department of Marine Resources.

Nearly 3,000 volunteers filled about 2,000 bags of trash in Saturday’s Coastal Cleanup, it said.

“It took me about five minutes to fill this bag up,” Willie Ashford, one of the volunteers at a boating and fishing spot near Highway 63 in Moss Point, Ashford told WLOX-TV (bit.ly/qQ7Fiz). “I mean, if you are going to use the facility, utilize the trash can here.”

In Ocean Springs, volunteers and Mississippi Power crews bagged up plant stands and container tops at the Gulf Coast Research Lab Marine Education property. A dusty, aged bench was also in the trash pile.

“I have been walking around this property for the last year, and I am never ceased to be amazed when I walk up on a new area and find someone’s office chair, someone’s big screen TV, someone’s back deck,” said Chris Snyder.