More than 700 volunteers clean up James River

More than 700 volunteers clean up James River

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - More than 700 volunteers cleaned up the James River and its banks of trash and recyclables during the 17th annual James River Regional Cleanup Saturday.

Volunteers removed 492 bags of trash and 316 bags of recyclables from 17 areas between Lynchburg and Newport News, officials said in a press release.

They also collected 108 tires and unusual items like a racoon skull, a record player, a lampshade, a bowling ball, and a coconut.

"I'm always amazed and thrilled at how many dedicated volunteers we have to help with this event," JRAC Executive Director Kimberly Conley said. "We're tremendously grateful and thank all of the volunteers and dedicated partners who have made the James River Regional Cleanup a success for another year."

Thirty-four of the 732 volunteers were in canoes or kayaks, and nine were in powerboats.

The annual event is organized by the James River Advisory Council, several nonprofits, businesses, local governments, state agencies, individuals, and friends groups.

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