Volunteers Scour Beaches For Wayward Wastewater Disks

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HAMPTON, N.H. (AP) – More volunteers are turning out 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 Saturday morning at Hampton Beach.
A previous cleanup effort on Thursday succeeded in retrieving at least 100,000 disks from North Hampton, Hampton and Seabrook beaches.
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.
The disks aren’t hazardous waste but it’s recommended that people wear gloves when picking them up.

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