Volunteers at Sea Isle City’s annual Spring Beach Clean-Up may not have found the proverbial kitchen sink, but they have found a bathtub.

“I don’t know how it got on the beach, but there was a bathtub — half of one, not even a whole one,” said Annette Lombardo, of the Sea Isle City Environmental Commission.

The 29th annual Spring Beach Clean-Up is scheduled for Saturday, when more volunteers can help clean the city’s beaches, gather debris from the shoreline and plant 1,000 bayberry and beach plumb seedlings in the dunes.

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“We’ve been doing this since 1986, and every year it gets bigger as more people participate,” Lombardo said.

Last year was the biggest yet, she said, with about 200 volunteers including University of Delaware students. Local students who volunteer can also earn community service credits.

“We get a lot of Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts, and the Coca-Cola company (has) 25 people coming,” Lombardo said. “We assign streets to people — there are 91 blocks here — and people put trash at the end of the street and fill out a data sheet for Clean Ocean Action.”

The Monmouth County-based group compiles data of everything found on the beaches, she said — which can provide useful information for what is washing up onshore and what it means.

“For a couple years, we found needles and syringes that came from New York,” Lombardo said. “We’ve found bathing suits, tires, old wood that may have been a boat, or something like that. We used to find a lot of cigarettes, but there’s a lot less cigarettes on the beach now. And that’s a good thing.”

After the cleanup, all volunteers will be invited to a free buffet luncheon at Mike’s Seafood Market and Dockside Restaurant in Fish Alley, provided courtesy of owner Mike Monichetti and his family.

Volunteers can register on the morning of the event at JFK Boulevard and the Promenade, where Environmental Commission members will distribute supplies and tickets for the luncheon at Mike’s Seafood. The cleanup is scheduled from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, with a rain date of Sunday.

For additional information, call 609-263-2081.

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