Cool things are happening in Chicago, and the creation of Zero Waste Chicago is one of them.
They host monthly events and this month they asked me to lead a beach clean up since I am an Adopt-A-Beach Team Leader. (Check out my other clean up posts here, here, here, and here.)
We headed down to 31st Street Beach, a beach I have not been to or cleaned up before.
For a Tuesday night, it sure was hopping. Families were out barbequing and kids were splashing in the water, trying to squeeze the last few days of summer before back to school.
A great crew of volunteers showed up and spread out all over the beach armed with bags and litter monitoring surveys.
Overall, we collected 35.66 lbs of trash, recycling, and compost!
- 609 cigarette butts
- 221 food wrappers
- 200 pieces of plastic
- 135 metal bottle caps
- 110 pieces of foam
- 94 pieces of glass
- 69 balloons
- 56 pieces of paper
- 54 plastic bags
- 46 straws
- 18 band-aids
- 7 hair ties
- 1 razor
- 1 tampon
- 1 condom
Love seeing these pictures! So glad we got to work together on this event – excited for more!
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Hella impressive — I want to do this!
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Thanks! If your near a body of water I am sure there are beach cleanups!