The Results are in!
On Saturday October 19th, around 90 Volunteers found 35 bags of trash.
Top 5 Categories of trash found:
Glass Pieces 407
Cigarette Filters 378
Plastic Pieces 314
Plastic Caps and Lids 209
Plastic food/candy wrappers and bags 165
Not quite top 5 but close:
Plastic soda bottles 118
Out of 92 different types of trash listed on our data cards,
we found 81 different types.
Odd things found: wooden pallet, apple basket, plastic sign, driveway reflectors, football,
plastic castle, flashlight, and an unopened beer
Thank you to everyone that helped- especially Wildwood High School and Middle School!
Clean Ocean Action and the Wildwood beaches thanks you!
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That’s right! It is beach clean up time again!
Clean Ocean Action is having it’s fall beach clean up Saturday October 19th from 9am til 12:30pm. If you want to pre-register it helps us plan how many supplies we need!
Here is a list of Cape May county sites:
CAPE MAY COUNTY LOCATIONS
- Avalon - 30th St. Beach **Sponsored by Surfrider Foundation South Jersey Chapter, In Memory of Tommy Kraemer**
- Cape May - Nature Center of Cape May (1600 Delaware Avenue)
- Del Haven – Sunray Beach
- North Wildwood - 15th Avenue (at Beach Patrol Building)
- Ocean City – **NOTE** Ocean City’s Beach Sweep will take place on Saturday, September 21st from 9am to Noon. Registration at 9th & Boardwalk. For more information call (609) 399-6111.
- Sea Isle City – *HELD ON OCTOBER 12TH* John F. Kennedy Boulevard Beach
- Stone Harbor – 96th Street Beach
- Upper Township – Webster Avenue
- Wildwood - Poplar Avenue Beach
- Wildwood Crest - Centenial Park Atlantic & Fern
Maybe you clean the beach for the environment, for the beautiful sea creatures that inhabit it’s waters, maybe you clean the beach for community service, at your school, club, or group. Maybe you clean the beach for your neighborhood, and do to something good for something bigger then you are. Maybe you do it just to get you and your kids out of the house and doing something constructive!
Whatever reason you would clean the beach for, JUST DO IT!
I know this is my reason
photo by Jessica Westerland Mumford (j.west)
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So the results are in!
Over 100 volunteers came out to Clean Ocean Action’s spring 2013 beach clean up. Sponsored by TD Bank and Comcast cares!
Together, all of the volunteers collected 86 bags of trash and recyclables on a gorgeous sunny and warm spring day. Some of the odd things found were: rosary beads, boogie board, real estate sign, artificial flowers, hard drive and welcome mat.
The top 10 things found are as follows:
Food and Candy wrappers 366
Plastic pieces 346
Cigarette filters 328
Glass pieces 284
Beverage/soda bottles 242
Lumber peices 210
Caps and lids 199
Shopping bags 184
Glass bottles 161
Thank you to everyone who came out and participated here on Poplar Ave in Wildwood, as well as everyone else who went to other locations! We had folks from Comcast, TD Bank, Wildwood High School, Absegami High School, as well as locals from Cape May County, and people from Philly! We also can’t forget to include 2 canine volunteers, Trixie and Georgia.
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Today, Saturday March 23 from 8.30pm to 9.30pm turn off all of the lights in your house and be a part of something BIG for our environment!
Earthhour.org and WWF encourage everyone to join. It is just one hour, on one day, but it is amazing to see so many people joining together to do one thing for the environment. Just a little thing for one person, but a big thing when you put it all together.
Earthhour.org says, ‘There is no doubt about it: the world is facing some of the most critical environmental challenges in its history. That may make the journey to a sustainable future seem difficult to imagine, but it is far from impossible. Change this big needs you. It needs every one of us. Together our individual actions add up to make a difference collectively.
In fact, change is already underway’
So light some candles. Play board games, charades or look through old pictures. Get take out and have dinner with your friends and family. But most of all- just be a part of it ;)!
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Clean Ocean Action will be holding their Spring Beach Sweep on Saturday April 27th from 9am to 12.30pm come on out and clean up the beach!
Whether you want to do it for the environment, for community service, or for a little sunshine and exercise, just do it!
If you would like to register for it- please follow this link. It is helpful since it lets us Captains know how many folks to expect.
Full list of sites can be found here! But here is our Cape May County sites-
CAPE MAY COUNTY LOCATIONS
- Avalon- 30th St. Beach**Sponsored by Surfrider Foundation, South Jersey Chapter, Memorial Sponsorship
- Cape May (2 sites)- 1. Nature Center of Cape May (1600 Delaware Ave.) ***April 20th, 2013*** 2. 2nd Ave. Beach
- Del Haven – Sunray Beach
- North Wildwood - 15th Ave. at Beach Patrol Building
- Ocean City - (2 sites)- 1. 9th St. Music Pier 2. 59th St. Beach**Sponsored by Adventure Aquarium
- Sea Isle City – JFK Blvd. Beach (October 13th)
- Strathmere - Webster Ave. Beach
- Wildwood - Poplar Ave. Beach
For a little more about the clean up and how it works- check it out my synopsis below, and scroll through my blog for photos and results of the last ones!
The clean up goes from 9-12ish, with people coming and going whenever they want to. Each Volunteer will get a black bag for trash, white bag for recyclable and a data cards with pencils. We don’t just pick up trash, we record what kind and how much of it we pick up on the data cards as we go, so teams of 3 to 5 are better that way there are enough hands to pick up trash, separate recyclables, and record what we find. It is recommended to bring gloves if you don’t want to touch things bare handed.
Sometimes the beaches are horribly dirty (if the boardwalk is running there is more trash, with winds and storms there is more trash, with beach events like concerts etc there is more trash.) There is always trash washed up by the waterline and near the boardwalk. Even if we only pick up a little trash, it still helps because Clean Ocean Action has these beach clean ups on almost every island or coastal town from here to LBI on the same day, twice a year. So even if we in Wildwood don’t have a lot of trash, other sites are sure to, and together we collected tons of trash that will not end up hurting some of our gorgeous marine life or even ourselves when we walk on the beach!
After the clean up, I then tally up the data on all of the cards, and submit my totals to Clean Ocean Action. They add all of the data from all of the sites together, and then add that with the totals they will get in the fall as well. With the data they have now collected, they use for research, and to help get laws passed to keep the beaches clean in the future- from getting more trash cans put on the beaches up to getting laws passed. Hatteras NC has officially banned the use of plastic bags on their barrier island, which prevents a lot of plastic bags from choking their marine life and littering their beaches. (Boy would I like to see that here!)
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So I continue my hunt for good quality green products, and have finally found one my husband and I both agree on!
Marcal’s Small Steps 2-ply Bath Tissue. I got it on sale at my local Shoprite for around $9. There are 12 double rolls, which equals about 28 regular rolls according to the packaging. Shopping around on the internet found me a larger package, for less!
I really really want to use recycle and reuse, I think it is the biggest way to contribute to being green.
However a lot of times recycled paper is rougher, which of course if you are writing on, or wrapping presents with, is not a big deal. But when your skin comes in contact with rough paper…yeah. Not good!
Without giving you too much detail, this product is a good toilet paper. It isn’t the plush cushy stuff the bears on TV advertise, but is about the same quality you find in every public restroom. It isn’t bad, it is just standard. But the fact that it is a recycled paper that helps the environment and it is priced cheap for households trying to save money, makes it an A in my book. And if you want the cushy kind of toilet paper? Splurge sometimes. But at least using this most of the time will have an impact on our environment!
In addition to those perks, I was also stoked to see that it is manufactured here in New Jersey!
“Based in Elmwood Park, New Jersey, we at Marcal Manufacturing have prided ourselves as being one of the oldest environmentally friendly paper companies in the US. For 60 years Marcal® has been making paper products using recycled paper.
For over five decades, Marcal has reducing landfill by making our paper products from recycled paper. We use paper collected from curbs in residential neighborhoods in cities and towns across America–from the small blue baskets in office buildings, unwanted junk mail, and waste from printers–all in an effort to do something good, to produce something that people need. Marcal is an integral part of the northern New Jersey community. Our company uses recyclables from local municipalities and recycling facilities for our paper recycling process.”
They also have links on their website for green tips, and a calculator that helps you see how many trees you and your family can save.
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The Wildwood Poplar Avenue beach clean up site had a great turnout this season!
Around 105 volunteers collected 50+ bags of trash and debris.
We had volunteers from Wildwood Middle and High School, Cape May Technical High School, Wildwood Catholic, Henderson High School from Pa, Rowan University, ACCC and other colleges as well as Wildwood island residents…and even a dog!
The top 5 items collected:
Caps and Lids- 1413
Cigarette Filters- 599
Plastic Pieces- 552
Food and Candy Wrappers- 294
THANK YOU EVERYONE for coming out and making our beach clean up successful! Honestly, we cannot do it without you!
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