“Outstanding service. They were extremely careful delivering the extra large container into our driveway.” -- A. L. GARNER
Cleanup Day on Sept. 16 on Riverside Boulevard in Long Beach. The beach cleanup initiative was coordinated by the City of Long Beach, Fabien Cousteau Ocean Learning Center and art teacher Laura Swan's "Stewards of the Sea," assisted by Long Beach High School student Harry Murphy. It brought members of the community together to make an environmental study of the debris found on our shoreline. Litter in various forms was removed and registered carefully to help preserve the beach's natural beauty and cleanliness.The middle school art students were requested by Cousteau to take the efforts a step further and make a "trash sculpture" from the debris that was collected. Thanks to the efforts of the beach maintenance crew, they assembled sanitized pieces of trash to form the image of a "sea person" that illustrates nature's magnificence while spreading awareness about protection of the waters. They appropriately titled the piece, "Salvaged Riva," as Riva means "from the shore" in French.Materials such as bottle caps, beach toys, plastic lids, balloons and more were thoroughly washed and separated into categories. The students used these, as well as natural elements like shells and driftwood, to create their design over a paper mache foundation. Even the backdrop, a painting featuring colors of the ocean, was a discarded item repurposed for the project."After almost three decades of creating art with my students, this piece was extra special," said Ms. Swan. "The artwork makes a strong statement of love for and destruction of our water...
Raymond Zorrilla, Phoenix Petroleum vice president for external affairs. On its 32nd year, the international coastal cleanup is spearheaded by the Ocean Conservancy and is done every third Saturday of September. The Philippines has been an active participant, holding the record for most number of volunteers for the event in 2015. The foundation has been conducting these annual cleanups in their depots since 2008. The foundation also engages in other environmental initiatives such as tree planting activities and the adoption of a Philippine Eagle. Other core programs of the foundation are education, health, safety, and outreach. (Sun.Star)
From there, he says, it's swept out into Biscayne Bay. And the trash on the surface is in addition to any that's underwater and unseen.Garbage in the ocean has long been a concern. It threatens wildlife by ending up in the stomachs of birds, turtles, and fish that mistake it for food. One study, by the nonprofit World Economic Foundation, shows there will be more plastic than fish in the ocean by 2050. Doebler, whose group has picked up nearly 117,000 pounds of debris, has seen the problem firsthand. For several years, he's spent weekends pulling Styrofoam, plastic water bottles, and other debris from South Florida's waterways. He says refuse in the bay ends up in places such as E. Albert Pallot Park, where piles of it recently sat along the shore. Ironically, the trash-strewn park beside the Julia Tuttle Causeway was named for an environmentalist."It was like, Oh my gosh, this looks like a Third-World country," Doebler says. "But it was right here in the waters of multimillion-dollar properties."Trash in E. Albert Pallot Park.Dave DoeblerDoebler says the South Florida Water Management District's maintenance program isn't cutting it. He says he's met with officials to discuss the problem but has gotten nowhere. He has ideas for dealing with the trash, including devising a better system for capturing it, picking it up more frequently, and even installing a "water wheel" similar to one used in Baltimore."They are a choke point where everything comes through," he says, "and they have the opportunity to capture it like nobody else can."... (Miami New Times)
Port of Oakland organizers and volunteers like Powers to clean up the shoreline. The event coincided with the California Coastal Commission and Ocean Conservancy’s Coastal Cleanup, the largest volunteer action dedicated to protecting the ocean. This year, communities from Ho Chi Minh City to Munich joined the effort. Last year, 18 million pounds of trash—weighing as much as 60 blue whales—were collected by nearly 800,000 volunteers.Read the rest of the story by Sarah Cahlan at Oakland NorthConnect with Oakland North on Facebook, or follow us on Twitter. You can sign up for our free weekly newsletter here.Oakland North ... (SFGate (blog))
Trash bags made from industrial scrap are a good idea, but using those bags to collect ocean debris washed up on beaches is a better idea. What's best of all is that three vendors joined forces to make that idea a reality. Dow Packaging and Specialty Plastics, a business unit of DowDuPont Materials Science (Midland, MI), through its participation in the Trash Free Seas Alliance and in collaboration with flexible packaging manufacturer Bemis Company, Inc. (Neenah, WI) and Canada-based converter Polykar Inc. (Saint-Laurent, Canada), developed a trash bag made from post-industrial plastic scrap. The bags were used to clean up beaches around the United States during Ocean Conservancy’s International Coastal Cleanup on September 16, 2017. Volunteers used the bags to collect an estimated 4 million pounds of trash during the cleanup. Bemis collected post-industrial plastic scrap and sent them to Polykar, which used its plastic recycling machines to combine the reclaimed plastics with Dow’s Retain polymer modifiers technology. Polykar used the recycled plastic resin to manufactu...