Sea Angels Green Project

By Sea Angels in Sea Angels

2012-03-16 03:07:49

We know how clean our beach is.  No matter how much we clean there is always some more that washes up or is left behind.  So what do I do?  I try to figure out what would help this problem and contact our county with a request.  Okay so it can take months for something to be implemented but I keep trying.  I've been able to have several trash cans placed in areas where they were really needed.  We implemented the mono-filament recycling program and I'm in charge of the 6 bins that were placed.  We have put a request in for cigarette bins in the park.  Last I've been working on getting recycling bins at our beach and hopefully that will happen soon.  So now that I have found what our beach needs I'm going to do the same at other local beaches here in South Florida.

 

It's a dirty job but someone has to do it.  So here's how our new project works.  We will pick a local beach to clean for an hour.  We want to make sure to keep the same time block so each new beach gets a fair rating.  We will fill out one of our forms and record what kind of litter and how much we found.  We will also record how many garbage, recycling, cigarette and mono-filament bins there are if any.  Also we will put if there was proper signage and if there were any issues we saw at the beach.  After we go through all our litter and record our findings we will send a copy of our report and how we rated their beach as well as our suggestions to improve the conditions of the beach and send the findings and pictures to that city's Parks and Recreation departments.  Hopefully they will acknowlege that they have a problem and make some changes.  We are least making citizens aware of what's going on their beach because you would be surprised how many people have no idea what's really going on.

 

 We did our first cleanup in Delray beach we were very displeased with this beach.  First the garbage bins were not secure and have fallen over during a high wind.  Litter was just blowing out of the bins and into the water.  We also were very unhappy at the copious amounts of heavy lounge chairs that were all down the beach and were not brought up to the dunes at the end of the day.  This is a danger to our sea turtles, especially now since it's sea turtle season.  The did have signs trying to prohibit litter and such on the beach however you saw these signs on your way out not going in.  Last we were very disturbed by the amount of litter we collected in about 80 yards of beach.  There were so many pieces of plastic it was unbelievable.  

Here are our totals- Plastic bags-21 Balloons-15 Glass Bottles- 7 Beverage cans- 24 Caps/Lids- 312 Plastic Cups & Utensils-41 Straws- 32 Wrappers-7 Cigarette litter- 148 Strapping Bands- 4 Rope-29 Corks-2 Glow Sticks-2 Steel bike lock-1 Pieces of plastic- too much and to little of pieces to count!
Guess who got a 3 rating out of 10?  Delray Beach did.
 

 

 

 

Category:

Environment

Tags:    littersea angelsgreen


Geo Location: Delray Beach, USA

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  • Ivan Martinetti
    Ivan Martinetti,San Francisco, USA
    March 17, 2012
    Great project ... I have an idea, will email you right now :)
  • Ivan Martinetti
    Ivan Martinetti,San Francisco, USA
    March 17, 2012
    You are making some really important points in here ...
  • Sea Angels
    Sea Angels,Boynton Beach, USA
    March 18, 2012
    Well part of us doing this is because unless the powers that be are aware of the issues that our occurring on their beaches nothing will be changed. Not to mention when people see us out there and what we've collected we usually are engaged with questions or comments and people are very supportive and some inspired. If we change one persons mind ...  more
  • Ivan Martinetti
    Ivan Martinetti,San Francisco, USA
    March 18, 2012
    Yep, you are right. Cleanup events are nothing unless you doing something with the date you collect. Btw, I saw some photos from some cleanups in India, I think they have used more disposable plastic glows and bags then the amount of trash they have collected. Pretty sad ...
  • Sea Angels
    Sea Angels,Boynton Beach, USA
    March 19, 2012
    It is sad. We see beach clean groups hand out the bags, gloves and water bottles and on many occasions we will see gloves and water bottles left behind as litter. Not to mention seeing people have maybe their 30 gallon filled a 1/4 of the way. So that means the rest of that bag gets thrown into a landfill. So unnecessary. The only bags we use ...  more
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