172,000 pounds of trash removed from Texas beaches

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Thursday, September 29, 2016
Beach clean-up weekend

Is your refrigerator running?

You might want to go out and catch it, especially if it's anywhere near Texas's now pristine beaches.

The Texas General Land Office says more than 9,000 volunteers spent their time last Saturday cleaning up 169 miles of Texas coastline.

In a single day, they removed about 172,853 pounds of rubbish from our sandy shores, including a toilet that somehow made its way onto the beach.

The fall Adopt-a-Beach Cleanup is now in its 30th year, and has yield the cleanup of nearly 19 million pounds of garbage since it began.

Commissioner George P. Bush says volunteers typically see a lot of small garbage, like cigarette butts, beer cans and plastic bags, but they've seen a lot of odd and unusual items left behind.

Top 35 weird trash items found on Texas beaches

Here is a look at just some of what volunteers four on our shores last weekend:

  • Air mattresses
  • A bowling ball
  • Bricks
  • Broken TVs
  • A bundle of wire
  • Car batteries
  • Car seats
  • Car tires
  • Carpet
  • A child's car seat
  • Coconuts
  • Cuban cigars
  • Dog beds
  • Drive shaft
  • Drug paraphernalia
  • EKG pads
  • Fireworks
  • Folding chairs
  • Four 55-gallon drums
  • A glass vial with cattle antibiotics inside
  • A large refrigerator
  • A large rope
  • Money
  • Old PC monitor
  • Pacifier
  • Plastic vampire teeth
  • Shoes
  • Shotgun shells
  • A small bag of Xanex pills
  • Tire with rim
  • Toilet
  • Toothbrush
  • Toothbrush
  • Two baby strollers
  • Water heater
  • Windshield wiper blades