bottles with messages CNNvideoA man whose personal mission is to clean up the rivers of the United States has removed more than 7 million pounds of trash. By 2010, he had already pulled 775 refrigerators and 55,000 tires from American waterways. But the work also yielded some treasure — 64 messages in bottles.

He calls it the world’s largest collection.

Chad Pregracke and the volunteers with his nonprofit, Living Lands & Waters, began unearthing the bottles in 1997 during his first clean-up, after a flood on the Mississippi River.

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