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SANTA MONICA, Calif. -- In support of the Ocean Conservancy's International Coastal Cleanup, more than 100 Shell employees and Shell Youth Training Academy students turned out to clean up Santa Monica Beach Saturday.
Celebrating its 17th annual cleanup, The Ocean Conservancy's objective is to remove trash from beaches while also collecting valuable information on the amount and type of debris.
While cleaning up Santa Monica Beach, Shell participants will be encouraged to be "data detectives" by examining unique and peculiar trash and to look for clues that indicate where the debris originated. Clues, such as the name of a company or a city on discarded waste, are crucial when it comes to tracing pollution sources.
"Shell is committed to being a good corporate citizen and takes a special interest in the areas in which Shell people live and work," said Shell Oil Company President Rob Routs. "Our volunteers are truly dedicated and the incredible turnout we have for this event is evidence of that."
In addition to the Santa Monica cleanup effort, 1,300 volunteers from Houston-based Shell Oil and its affiliates will spearhead similar beach revitalization efforts in Martinez, Calif.; Texas; Michigan and Louisiana.