Thank you to all of our dedicated volunteers who helped make the 25th anniversary of COASTSWEEP so successful in terms of turnout and debris removed. Data are still coming in, but as of the end of November, 2,508 volunteers cleaned 130 sites (more than 133 miles), removing almost 7 tons of debris!
A special thanks goes to the Josiah Quincy School for bringing more than 200 students to Carson Beach for the 25th anniversary cleanup. The Josiah Quincy School has been a long-time participant in COASTSWEEP; and their students, led by their wonderful teachers, continue to tackle the problem of marine debris with great energy and enthusiasm. This year, the students and teachers collected approximately 100 pounds of debris!
Once we have received all of the data from our volunteers, we will post the final totals. So far, the primary type of trash (by number) is, once again, cigarettes. Last year, volunteers reported collecting approximately 24,700 cigarette butts. That number increased to just over 34,300 this year, and could potentially grow as more data comes to us from volunteers. Food wrappers and containers were also fairly high, with a reported 12,328 so far.
Clearly much more work is needed to help people reduce the trash they generate and the trash that ends up on our shorelines; but thanks to all who participated in a COASTSWEEP cleanup, those cigarettes, food wrappers, and other debris won’t be polluting our oceans!
-The COASTSWEEP Team