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The most important thing first- a huge shout out to the 40 people that showed up! I have been doing these clean ocean action beach clean ups since 2008, and in those 8 years this is the first bad weather day we got. 50 degrees and raining made it a lil uncomfortable, but that didn’t stop the 40 awesome volunteers- many who came Wildwood middle and high school and Wildwood Catholic high school.

Together we collected 10 bags of trash and recyclables before the rain and cold got to us.

The top 5 categories were cigarette filters, plastic pieces, food and candy wrappers, shopping bags and paper pieces. The top item found were cigarette filters, of which we found 153!

Here are some pics from the beach clean up. Thank you all for coming out and making a difference, especially on a day that made it hard to get out of bedūüėČ

 

Clean Ocean Action’s spring beach clean up on April 30th showed 90+ volunteers came out and collected 87 bags of trash and recyclables! Comcast Cares brought snacks and raffled off prizes, as well as encouraged locals to participate in the clean up.

Top 5 items found:

Cigarette filters 690

Plastic pieces 565

Plastic caps and lids 303

Straws 224

Food and candy wrappers 207

The runners up were:

Paper pieces 180,Store/Shopping bags 172, Nails 143, Beverage bottles 116 and plastic cutlery 113.

The oddest things found were: A 10$ bill! (awesome!) computer monitor, Grill lid, Tire, and foam boomerang.

Thank you everyone for coming out! Pictures will be added HERE to this post ASAPūüôā

Thank you for volunteering your time and energy to make our beaches a cleaner place!

Friday, April 22 is Earth Day.

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What are you doing to celebrate?! You can do something big or something small- but make time (even if it is just 5 mins!) to do something for earth dayūüôā

Will you give up bottled water and start using reusable containers?    

Will you fix that leaky faucet? 

Will you start encouraging your family and coworkers to recycle? 

Will you plant some trees or shrubs? 

Will you turn the lights off and play games by candlelight? 

Will you walk to the store/work or carpool instead of drive? 

Will you go paperless with all of your bills? 

Will you pick up trash when you take your walk about the block/beach?  

Whatever you decided to do or not do…have a fabulous Earth Day!

 

Hey everyone!

It is that time of year again! Clean Ocean Action is hosting it’s spring beach clean ups on April 30th

Here is a list of locations in my area- for a full list and pre-registering of groups check here.

We truly make a difference! Download the report that shows exactly what we did hereūüôā

ATLANTIC COUNTY LOCATIONS           

  • Atlantic City – Sponsored by Atlantic City Electric
    • Albany Avenue (199 S. Albany Avenue, Atlantic City, NJ 08401)
    • Gardner’s Basin (800 N New Hampshire Ave, Atlantic City, NJ)
  • Oceanville – Edwin B. Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge (800 Great Creek Rd. Oceanville, NJ 08231) *cleanup will take place on April 16th*
  • Longport – 33rd¬†and Atlantic Avenue Beach (Library: 2305 Atlantic Ave. Longport, NJ 08403
  • Margate – Granville Avenue Beach (Library: 8100 Atlantic Ave. Margate City, NJ 08402
  • Ventnor City – Newport Avenue Beach (Community Building: 6500 Atlantic Ave, Ventor City, NJ 08406
  • Brigantine – 17th St. Beach, South (Brigantine Beach Patrol, 1700 17th Street, Brigantine, NJ 08203

CAPE MAY COUNTY LOCATIONS

  • Avalon –¬†32nd St.¬†South (Uncle Bill’s Cake & Steak House: 3189 Dune Drive, Avalon, NJ 08202 – meeting location will be south of this restaurant closer to the beach on the ocean side.
  • Cape May¬†
    • Nature Center of Cape May¬†(1600 Delaware Avenue, Cape May, NJ 08204)
    • 2nd Avenue Beach (Jetty Motel: 2nd Beach Ave, Cape May, NJ 08204)
    • Cape Island Preserve- Sponsored by Surfrider South Jersey Chapter
  • Del Haven – Sunray Beach (meeting at Sunray Beach- at the end of N. Delaware Ave, and follow the path to the beach)
  • North Wildwood – 15th Avenue at Beach Patrol Building (Lifeguard Building: 15th Avenue, North Wildwood, NJ 08260)
  • Ocean City¬†– Music Pier –¬†825 Boardwalk, Ocean City, NJ 08226
  • Sea Isle City –¬†John F. Kennedy Boulevard¬†Beach
  • Stone Harbor – 96th Street Beach (Stone Harbor Womens Civic Club- 96th Street, Stone Harbor, NJ 08247)
  • Wildwood – Poplar Avenue Beach (Groff’s Restaurant – 423 E. Magnolia Avenue, Wildwood, NJ 08260)
  • Wildwood Crest – Centennial Park (E. Fern Avenue and Ocean Avenue)
  • Villas – Village Rd. and Bay Drive (meet at the dead end by the beach access)

Most of the top things found  in our beach clean up were plastic items. This got me thinking: While plastic items are super convenience and make our lives easier, they do have some repercussions you may not think of every day while you are using them. Unlike paper, wood, and organic matter, plastic never really biodegrades. What is does do, is slowly break down into tiny pieces, through sunlight decomposition called photodegradation.

” Of course, plastic buried in a landfill rarely sees the light of day. But in the ocean, which is where a lot of discarded grocery bags, soft drink bottles and six-pack rings end up, plastic is bathed in as much light as water. In 2009, researchers from Nihon University in Chiba, Japan, found that plastic in warm ocean water can degrade in as little as a year. This doesn’t sound so bad until you realize those small bits of plastic are toxic chemicals such as bisphenol A (BPA) and PS oligomer. These end up in the guts of animals or wash up on shorelines, where humans are most likely to come into direct contact with the toxins.” http://science.howstuffworks.com/science-vs-myth/everyday-myths/how-long-does-it-take-for-plastics-to-biodegrade.htm

These tiny plastic pieces also cause animals to slowly starve to death- the pieces fill up their bellies and are unable to be digested. So not only do the plastic pieces kill animals, but it can poison some of the animals we eat!

You can make a difference, even just by making small choices like paper bags in the grocery store (most stores ask, or offer you options) or choosing items in the grocery store packaged in cardboard or paper instead of plastic. (pick up your OJ in a carton, instead of plastic jug!) I challenge you to make a small change today- you will feel good for trying to help!

Fall 2015 Clean Ocean Action Beach Clean up results!

Poplar Avenue in Wildwood had a great turnout, 81 volunteers collected 56 bags of trash and recyclables on the beautiful sunny day that Oct 24th turned out to be!
The top 5 categories found were:

Plastic Pieces 305

Plastic Caps and lids 249

Nails 167

Cigar tips 154

Plastic food and candy wrappers 153

With the 2 close runners up:
Cigarette filters 146

Cardboard 147

The oddest things found were part of a car bumper, a doll head and a sea horse pool toy.

Of 92 different categories of trash, 89 were found.

Big thanks to all of our volunteers and locals, including Wildwood High and Elementary School, ACCC clubs, Wildwood Catholic and Henderson High School groups.

Clean Ocean Action is doing their awesome thing again, cleaning up the coast from SJ to NY.

Wanna join in? Bring a pair of gloves and a friend, and come out to any location you like to help clean up the beaches and keep our marine life safe and happy!
Check out the poster here, and if you have a big group you can always register. Just in case you want to make sure we are making a difference, check out my past blog posts for what Poplar Ave has done, and the report to see what together we have all done together!

CAPE MAY COUNTY LOCATIONS  

  • Avalon –¬†32nd St.¬†South (Uncle Bill’s Cake & Steak House: 3189 Dune Drive, Avalon, NJ 08202 – meeting location will be south of this restaurant closer to the beach on the ocean side.
  • Cape May¬†–¬†
    • Nature Center of Cape May¬†(1600 Delaware Avenue, Cape May, NJ 08204)
    • 2nd Avenue Beach (Jetty Motel: 2nd Beach Ave, Cape May, NJ 08204)
  • Del Haven – Sunray Beach (meeting at Sunray Beach- at the end of N. Delaware Ave, and follow the path to the beach)
  • North Wildwood – 15th Avenue at Beach Patrol Building (Lifeguard Building: 15th Avenue, North Wildwood, NJ 08260)
  • Ocean City
    • Music Pier –¬†825 Boardwalk, Ocean City, NJ 08226
  • Sea Isle City –¬†John F. Kennedy Boulevard¬†Beach *Cancelled for Fall 2015*
  • Stone Harbor – 96th Street Beach (Stone Harbor Womens Civic Club- 96th Street, Stone Harbor, NJ 08247)
  • Wildwood – Poplar Avenue Beach (Groff’s Restaurant – 423 E. Magnolia Avenue, Wildwood, NJ 08260)
  • Wildwood Crest – Centennial Park (E. Fern Avenue and Ocean Avenue) *this event will take place on September 19th from 9 -12¬†
  • Villas – Village Rd. and Bay Drive (meet at the dead end by the beach access)