Busiest beach cleanup day of year: Volusia seeks volunteers after Fourth of July crowds make big mess

Crews clean Tom Renick Park, Sun Splash Park and Mary McLeod Bethune Beach

Volusia County called on volunteers to help clean up beaches after Fourth of July celebrations.

VOLUSIA COUNTY, Fla. – Volusia County called on volunteers to help clean up beaches after Fourth of July celebrations.

Crews asked people to join them in picking up fireworks, food, cigarettes, broken beach chairs and plastic products.

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Officials said it will be the busiest beach cleanup day of the year.

The cleanup took place from 8:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. at three locations, including Tom Renick Park, Sun Splash Park and Mary McLeod Bethune Beach Park.

Mayleen Brown, 19, came with her best friend to help with the cleanup on Tuesday.

“A lot of plastic, which is very unfortunate since we are right by the ocean. It’s very sad to see a lot of plastics, trash, just all over,” Brown said.

“This is our earth, without this we don’t exist,” said Dona Harrower, a volunteer.

Kyle Sitter, who runs his own company, Beach Squad Official, said he sees the most trash during holidays which is why he provided buckets and cleaning gear for volunteers.

“Just being positive, doing positive things, and leading by example is the way to do it,” Sitter said.

Last year, thousands of pounds of trash were hauled away from the beaches during the cleanup event.

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