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How much trash was pulled from Lake Lanier in this year’s Shore Sweep
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A boat with refuse collected from Lake Lanier is unloaded during Shore Sweep 2021.

Update: A record 85 tons of trash was collected in a 33rd annual cleanup of Lake Lanier on Sept. 25, the Lake Lanier Association said in an email Wednesday, Oct. 6.

The previous Shore Sweep record was 80 tons in 2019 and 2020, the group said.

“Every location was overflowing with trash from all of your efforts,” the email states. “We knew this would be a big day, we never thought it would be this big.”

Every September, volunteers fan out across sections of the lake, collecting shoreline trash.

“This is the time to give the lake we all love some special care,” the Lake Lanier Association said in a news release Tuesday, Sept. 21.


“Shore Sweep brings together people from all walks of life to give back to the lake,” Shore Sweep coordinator Bonny Putney said in the release. 



Previous story: The 33rd annual cleanup of Lake Lanier is set for Saturday, Sept. 25.

Shore Sweep, sponsored by Lake Lanier Association, involves a host of volunteers fanned out across sections of the lake, collecting shoreline trash.

“This is the time to give the lake we all love some special care,” the group said in a news release Tuesday, Sept. 21.

Some 1,100 volunteers are expected at 13 sites, according to the Gainesville-based organization.

The event is set for 8 a.m.-1 p.m.

Last year, the group removed 160,000 pounds of trash and debris from the lake. This year’s event “is projected to be on par or even larger,” according to the association.

Use of boats, kayaks, canoes, paddleboards and personal watercraft as part of the event is “welcome,” says the organization.

“Shore Sweep brings together people from all walks of life to give back to the lake,” Shore Sweep coordinator Bonny Putney said in the release. “Last year, with the pandemic ,the event looked a little different, but this year we are seeing a return of groups registering.”

“People seem to be ready to get back to volunteering in the community and getting their hands dirty."

“There should be a good mix of (regulars) and new people” at the event, said the group’s executive director, Jennifer Flowers.


Annual Shore Sweep

What: Cleanup of Lake Lanier shoreline

When: 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 25

Where: 13 sites around the lake, including Aqualand Marina, Balus Creek Park, Lake Lanier Olympic Park, Don Carter State Park, Gainesville Marina, Lanier Islands resort and Holly Park in Hall County

For more info or to register online: lakelanier.org


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