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Thank you to all the volunteers who came out on Saturday April 26, on the beautiful, sunny (a little breezy) day!

We had over 114 volunteers, who together collected over 70 bags of trash, plus piles of lumber, 5 gallon buckets, metal and pvc pipes, and most interesting…a dinosaur head roughly the size of a golf cart!

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Here are the top 5 things found:

Plastic Pieces 467

Glass pieces 374

Bottle caps and lids 362

Cigarette filters 263

Food, Candy wrappers and bags 220

And runners up!

Wood and lumber pieces 186

Plastic soda and beverage bottles 169

Store and shopping bags 162

Comcast Cares brought a wonderful spread of snacks to keep our volunteer’s energy levels up, and we had volunteers from Comcast, Wildwood High School R.O.O.T.S, University of the Arts, as well as plenty of locals!

Check out the slideshow below!

Also check out our write up in one of the local papers http://www.shorenewstoday.com/snt/news/index.php/wildwood-mainmenu/wl-news-notes/51958-wildwood-beach-clean-up-draws-100-plus-volunteers.html

 

Hello Spring!

We finally have some good weather and it is time to get outside!

Clean Ocean Action is having their Spring Beach Clean Up on Saturday, April 26th 9am – 12.30 pm. If you wanna check out what COA is all about, or the success of last years beach clean up, please do! I promise it will make you want to head out this year and help! Or check out a first hand recap from last fall.

Here is the list of locations in South Jersey:

ATLANTIC COUNTY LOCATIONS           

  • Atlantic City - Missouri Avenue Beach
  • Galloway – East Motts Creek Road
  • Longport - 33rd and Atlantic Avenue Beach
  • Margate - Granville Avenue Beach
  • Ventnor City - Newport Avenue Beach
  • Brigantine – 17th St. Beach, South
  • Egg Harbor Township – Longport Dog/Malibu Beach

CAPE MAY COUNTY LOCATIONS

  • Avalon - 32nd St. South
  • Cape May – 
    • Nature Center of Cape May (1600 Delaware Avenue)
    • 2nd Avenue Beach
  • Del Haven – Sunray Beach
  • North Wildwood – 15th Avenue at Beach Patrol Building
  • Ocean City
    • 9th and Boardwalk
    • Surf Road
  • Sea Isle City – John F. Kennedy Boulevard Beach
  • Stone Harbor – 96th Street Beach
  • Wildwood - Poplar Avenue Beach
  • Wildwood Crest – Centennial Park (Atlantic and Fern)

Whether you just want to get outside, do something good for your community, log some community service hours, or give something back to the environment we take for granted, JUST DO IT! Come out and help clean up the beaches we all know we will end up on a few short months :)

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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

Straws 90

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!

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 :)

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photo by Jessica Westerland Mumford (j.west)

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:

Straws 431
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.

PHOTO SLIDESHOW!

 

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 ;)!

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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