FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASENovember 09, 2005 Contact: Matt Likovich: 410-860-6203; 866-655-2237 (pager)email@example.com
Salisbury, Md. - Volunteers hauled 34,075 pounds of trash from beaches and rivers throughout the Delmarva Peninsula and southern New Jersey during the annual Coastal Cleanup in September and October.
Unusual items collected included a toilet, shopping carts, ice skates, exercise bike, milk crates, cell phone, ceiling fan and a one-dollar bill. Typical items found included cigarette butts, beverage containers and balloons with attached strings or ribbons. Balloons, strings and ribbons pose a serious threat to wildlife. Many animals mistake balloons for food and can also become entangled in the strings and ribbons.
The event, cosponsored by Delmarva Power and area environmental and business organizations, drew 2,464 volunteers to over 70 sites throughout the region.
"Judging by the number of volunteers who participated, I think it is evident that Coastal Cleanup continues to be an annual autumn tradition in this area," said Matt Likovich, community and communications coordinator for Delmarva Power. "Once again, Delmarva Power is proud to have sponsored such a worthwhile environmental project for the 15th consecutive year."
Delmarva Power was the event's primary corporate sponsor, providing each participant with a commemorative t-shirt. Playtex of Dover donated protective gloves and several municipalities helped with trash pickup.
Coastal Cleanup is part of the International Coastal Cleanup, sponsored by The Ocean Conservancy, a non-profit group that works to protect the world's oceans.
Delmarva Power, a public utility owned by Pepco Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: POM), provides safe, reliable and affordable regulated electric and natural gas delivery services to more than 500,000 customers in Delaware, Maryland, and Virginia.