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Keeping Texas Beaches Clean
The State of Texas has more than 600 miles of coastal shoreline, from Brownsville to Beaumont, and it takes volunteers to keep them clean.
Since the first cleanup in 1986, more than 406,000 volunteers have removed over 7,500 tons of trash from Texas beaches.
Shell is proud to have one of the largest contingencies of volunteers who participate each spring and fall in the Adopt-A-Beach Cleanup sponsored by the Texas General Land Office. During the Fall 2010 cleanup, 8,815 volunteers picked up 172 tons of trash along 167 miles of Texas coastline.
In Galveston, Shell Oil Company President Marvin Odum and 200 Shell/Motiva employees, pensioners and family members joined 4,000 volunteers to clean approximately five miles of beaches along the San Luis Pointe. The company held a contest for the most unique items found, with winning items including a full bag of chocolates, a perfume bottle, a caution light, a cork and a dinner bell.
Another group of employees participated in a beach cleanup farther up the coast in Port Arthur, Texas. Christopher Wolfe, a Shell volunteer, likes spending time at the McFaddin beach fishing and playing horseshoes. “Every time my friends and I go to the beach, we complain about all the trash we see. This was my chance to do something about it. The beach looked great at the end. From school children, to Lamar University students, to adults, the local community really pulled through,” Wolfe says.