Get the Drift and Bag It" program and then be posted on the Ocean Conservancy website in the following months. You can also compare this to last year's results.
10 Paper bags 108 Cups, plates or cutlery
75 Plastic bags 252 Food wrappers
7 Balloons 25 Pull tabs
21 Plastic beverage bottles 6 Batteries
22 Glass bottles 370 Straws and stirrers
36 Beverage cans 18 Toys
411 Caps or lids 49 Items of clothing, shoes
500+ Bits of micro-debris 2 Motor oil containers
84 Fishing line, net, or rope segments 3 light bulbs
14 Floats, traps, lures
13 Pieces of plastic sheeting 2426 Cigarette butts
6 Cigarette lighters 3 Diapers
26 Cigar tips 13 Tobacco wrappers
1 bike 2 bike tire tubes
12 pieces of cinder block 5 car parts
7 misc. building materials 4 misc. office supplies
125 misc. paper products
115 misc. toiletries including band-aids and baby wipes
We send out thanks to all the individuals, groups, sponsors, and businesses that came together for PFK's project. Mahalo to Hawaii ZTA Alumnae Chapter, St. Anthony School Green Club, and Hawaiian Island Twisters for sending volunteers. Mahalo to Global Village, Kailua Sailboards and Kayaks, Whole Foods, Muumuu Heaven, and Kim Houston of NYR Organics for helping make the raffle extra special. Support our partnering plastic-free businesses and tell them thank you!
There is always more to be cleaned up in these high traffic areas, so we encourage you to pick up a bag of trash every time you visit! Volunteers noted the massive amount of litter within the parks. Remind your friends to dispose of their trash, especially cigarettes, properly. Cigarette filters are actually partially plastic and leach toxic chemicals into the ground and water. Yuck!
Finally, we hope the clean up was also a learning experience for you. This was the 26th Annual International Coastal Cleanup. Nearly 145 million pounds of trash later, Ocean Conservancy has learned that removal alone is not enough. The real solution is stopping trash from reaching our waterways and the ocean in the first place. Check out our Act and Learn pages for ways you can make your household a little less plastic.
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