Thanks to the many volunteers who showed up at our three town beaches, Don’t Trash Wareham was able to clean up Swifts and Swifts Neck Beaches, Little Harbor Beach and Onset and Shell Point Beaches on three recent weekends.

Coastsweep is a statewide project of the Coastal Zone Management Division that organizes an annual clean up. We were sent gloves, trash bags and recording forms, and kept careful track of everything we picked up. That information then went back to the state who records the information.

By far, the biggest litter problem on our beaches is cigarette butts. In two-hour periods on each beach, we picked up 825 butts on Swifts, 1,016 on Little Harbor and 2,840 on Onset and Shell Point for a total of 4,681!! Consequently, the Don’t Trash Wareham team went before the Wareham Board of Health to request a smoking ban on all town beaches which they have agreed to do. That’s what we call success!coastsweep