September 14th, 2013 - This is Kent Island Beach Cleanups second year participating in the Ocean Conservancy's International Coastal Cleanup. The Ocean Conservancy partners with organizations and individuals around the globe to clean up the world’s beaches and waterways. Over nearly three decades, the annual International Coastal Cleanup has mobilized millions of people in the world's largest volunteer effort for our ocean and waterways.
Here are our totals from the International Coastal Cleanup at Terrapin Beach Park in Stevensville, MD on Saturday, Septembver 14th, 2013. Just to give you an idea, we had 34 total volunteers: 8 children and 27 adults between the hours of 8:30 am and 12:00 pm. We think we got over 700 lbs of trash total. Total of 5,113 items collected
Top 10 Items Collected:
Bottle Caps (Plastic)
Beverage Bottles (Glass)
Bottle Caps (Metal)
Beverage Bottles (Plastic)
Food Wrappers (candy, chips, etc.)
Breakdown of All Items Collected:
Cigarette Butts 488
Food Wrappers (candy, chips, etc.) 304 Take Out/Away Containers (Plastic) 53 Take Out/Away Containers (Foam) 61 Bottle Caps (Plastic) 628 Bottle Caps (Metal) 379 Lids (Plastic) 105 Straws, Stirrers 133 Forks, Knives, Spoons 84 Beverage Bottles (Plastic) 349 Beverage Bottles (Glass) 380 Beverage Cans 470 Grocery Bags (Plastic) 117 Other Plastic Bags 132 Paper Bags 94 Cups & Plates (Paper) 82 Cups & Plates (Plastic) 101 Cups & Plates (Foam) 69 Fishing Buoys, Pots & Traps 10 Fishing Net & Pieces 19 Fishing Line (1 yard/meter=1 piece) 57 Rope (1 yard/meter=1 piece) 13 6-Pack Holders 15 Other Plastic/Foam Packaging 59 Other Plastic Bottles (oil, bleach, etc.) 25 Strapping Bands 16 Tobacco Packaging/Wrap 21 Appliances (refigerators, washers, etc.) 3 Balloons 21 Cigar Tips 63 Cigarette Lighters 22 Construction Materials 13 Fireworks 9 Tires 5 Condoms 0 Diapers 49 Syringes 0 Tampons/Tampon Applicators 28 Foam Pieces 370 Glass Pieces 64 Plastic Pieces 202
Data Collected: 2013 International Coastal Cleanup
The largest group of volunteers ever turned out to help Kent Island Beach Cleanups during the Ocean Conservancy’s International Coastal Cleanup on Saturday, Sept. 19, collecting 3,650 pounds of trash. In all, 136 people (81 adults and 55 youth) helped pick up 13,271 pieces trash and improve the local watershed.
Work sites included Terrapin Beach, Kent Narrows Fishing Pier and Public Landing (including parking lot and Bay grass areas), Old Love Point Park, Romancoke Fishing Pier, Hemingway’s Restaurant Beach, Mowbray Park, Bennett Point Landing and Centreville Landing/Wharf. Crews cleaned from 8 to 11 a.m. at most sites, with Kent Narrows and Terrapin running until noon.
Volunteers spanned a broad spectrum: students from Kent Island High School and Archbishop Spaulding High School (in Severn), the seventh-grade teachers from Stevensville Middle School and students of various ages, Boy Scout Troop 495, the staff of Chesapeake Bay Environmental Center, the Chesapeake College Men’s Basketball team and coaching staff, various KI Girl Scout Troops, family groups and individuals.
Small pieces of plastic and foam as well as cigarette butts are always present. They often get overlooked because of their size, but are the most damaging to our ecosystem,” Weed said. Cigarette butts represented 28 percent of KIBCU’s basic trash total, with 2,466 butts picked up.We also find a lot of fishing line, hooks and beer bottles and cans.
Some of the more peculiar finds included: multiple gun shells at Bennett Point Landing and Hemingway’s beach; a car engine, headlamp and hubcap at Kent Narrows; clothes, a chair, pills and construction tools at Old Love Point Park; Legos, batteries and a grill cover at Romancoke Pier; a cooler, rubber lizard, Frisbee, and a variety of clothes — socks, shoes and underwear — at Terrapin Nature Park. There were dead fish at both Terrapin Park and at Kent Narrows and lots and lots of fishing line at multiple sites.
TOP 10 ITEMS:
Cigarette Butts: 2,466
Bottle Caps (Plastic): 882
Food Wrappers (candy, chips, etc.): 802
Beverage Bottles (Plastic): 740
Fishing Line (1 yard/meter = 1 piece): 552
Beverage Cans: 494
Bottle Caps (Metal): 269
Beverage Bottles (Glass): 265
Straws, Stirrers: 242
Cigar Tips: 215
Top Ten Total: 6,927
Tiny Trash: (most damaging to our ecosystem)
Plastic Pieces: 2,450
Foam Pieces: 1,869
Glass Pieces: 318
Tiny Trash: 4,637
Data Collected: 2015 International Coastal Cleanup
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