State environmental officials are kicking off this year's edition of the annual Delaware Coastal Cleanup.
This year's cleanup, the 30th in the program, will be held Sept. 17 at 53 sites up and down the state.
Officials are encouraging volunteers to preregister to ensure that each site has enough gloves, trash bags and other supplies. Preregistration closes Monday, Sept. 5.
Last year, 1,492 volunteers collected 7.8 tons of trash from 50 sites along more than 65 miles of Delaware's river and ocean shorelines, as well as wetland and watershed areas, from Wilmington to Fenwick Island.
Last year's haul included more than 20,000 cigarette butts, 5,067 food wrappers, more than 7,500 beverage bottles and cans, 36 tires, a recliner and a transmission.