Beach Cleanup - July 5th Wrap-up

beachcleanupOver 1,000 volunteers and over 38,000 pounds of debris were picked up during the Save Our Beaches 5th of July cleanup. According to the Grass Roots Garbage Gang newsletter, Ellen Anderson said that people generally reported less visible debris on the beach this year. Volunteers believe people are picking up the large, highly visible party debris. This was confirmed by the dumpsters at the beach approaches which were loaded with bags from the night of the 4th.

Anderson said that this is good evidence the bag distribution on the 4th is working and people are getting the message about the dumpsters.

There were trash collectors during the night, but it is easy to miss the smaller pieces of plastic so there will always be a need for daylight cleanup. Trash found the during the day were small spent plastics from fireworks, bottles, cans, juice boxes, sand toys, clothes, you-name-it.

Over 1,000 volunteers and over 38,000 pounds:

Long Beach Bolstad 7600 lbs and 2360 lbs
Long Beach Sid Snyder 1760 lbs and 1020 lbs
Oysterville 5220 lbs
Seaview 3700 lbs
Klipsan 5620 lbs
Cranberry 4160 lbs +7 tires
Ocean Park 7000 lbs

The GrassRoots Garbage Gang is now a 501c3 non-profit that wants to live in perpetuity. Help us do that by becoming a lifetime member for $100 or consider becoming a lifetime SPONSOR for $1000 (if you desire to be listed on the web site as such, we will do that – or keep you anonymous, it is up to you). Maybe you’d like to do that in honor of someone, or would like your business associated with a successful long-term green project. 100 sponsors would allow the effort to become sustainable. Be a part of clean beaches forever on the Peninsula!  More information HERE.

HELP WANTED! There are a few areas of beach that still need a team to adopt them. There are many key roles that need you; someone(s) to manage supplies, handle public relations, speaker recruiter, fundraising, 4th of July "great bag give-away", manage poster distribution, and someone to focus just on creating fun wherever possible. If you are curious as to what any of these roles might entail, please pop This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. a note.

Want to continue to clean? Take a bag with you on your walks on the beach and join in the Columbia Land Trust’s next cleanup in August. Click HERE to learn more.

Information from, Shelly Pollock, Cleanup Organizer
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