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Volunteers Asked To Clean Up NH Sewage Disks

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A volunteer collecting sewer disks along Hampton Beach in New Hampshire. (credit: Bernice Corpuz)

A volunteer collecting sewer disks along Hampton Beach in New Hampshire. (credit: Bernice Corpuz)

HAMPTON, N.H. (AP) – Volunteers are being asked to help clean up millions of small plastic disks swept downriver from a New Hampshire wastewater treatment plant to the ocean shores of New Hampshire and Massachusetts.

The clean-up effort is taking place Thursday at North Hampton, Hampton and Seabrook beaches from noon to 5 p.m.

WBZ NewsRadio 1030’s Bernice Corpuz talked with volunteers.

The 2-inch-wide disks covered with mesh screens came from a plant in Hooksett, where they were used in tanks to promote growth of bacteria that feeds on waste. About a week after heavy rain on March 6 carried them into the Merrimack River, the disks started appearing along the river and on beaches in Hampton and Seabrook, and along the Massachusetts shore.

The disks are not hazardous waste but it’s recommended that people wear gloves when picking them up.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)


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