I willingly spent a Saturday morning picking up garbage.
It has gotten to the point where I will stop my run to pick up a plastic water bottle.
Other people don’t enjoy that as much as I do? Hmm.. weird!
Anyway, we are back to the beach clean up season.
Last Saturday, in honor of World Environment Day, I cleaned up Montrose Beach with members of Delta Institute (I serve on their associate board), Alliance for the Great Lakes, and Goose Island brewery.
Although it looked pretty clean from far away, in about an hour and a half, our group of three collected:
- 98 cigarette butts
- 40 food wrappers
- 49 foam pieces
- 110 pieces of glass
- 108 small pieces of plastic
- 19 popsicle sticks
In total, our whole group picked up over 290 pounds of trash!!!
Then yesterday, I met up with Alliance for the Great Lakes again and Barefoot Wine to clean up North Avenue Beach to make it barefoot friendly.
It was a beautiful evening so there were still plenty of people hanging out by the water. As opposed to Montrose Beach, there was definitely garbage that you could easily see.
I wouldn’t want to play around in that.
This time our group of three picked up:
- 205 cigarette butts
- 43 food wrappers
- 15 popsicle sticks
- 44 pieces of glass
- A nearly full box of cookies
- 14 total pounds
I didn’t know that was a thing! So cool! Thank you to everyone involved!
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Brilliant! Well done to the team involved with this. Such a shame the tides will bring more junk back on to the beaches…. 😦