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Volunteers clean 50 tons of trash from Lanier
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The Lake Lanier Association has several water-accessible advance drop locations, including this one near Gainesville Marina pictured on Monday, marked by posters.

Volunteers pulled another 50 tons of garbage from Lake Lanier during the 2017 Shore Sweep.

The annual cleanup organized by the Lake Lanier Association has in recent years involved more than 1,000 volunteers and pulled in approximately 100,000 pounds of garbage on Sept. 23.

This year, approximately 1,200 people volunteered in the cleanup.

At more than a dozen collection sites in several counties dotting the lake, people brought in “several broken up docks, a bicycle, too many encapsulated Styrofoam floats to count, and all kinds of other crazy stuff,” said Joanna Cloud, executive director of the association.

Some of the heaviest hauls tend to come from the north end of Lake Lanier, Cloud said, but this year “we brought in some big weight at some of our southern locations as well, like Big Creek and Aqualand (Marina).”

The event officially ended at 1 p.m. on Saturday, but cleanup continued through Monday.

The 2017 total of 50 tons is about the same as 2016. The debris is spread among landfills in Hall County, Buford and Forsyth County.

Cloud said the LLA was “grateful for the support of all of our sponsors” and volunteers who helped with the event.

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