Fall Beach Sweeps on October 26
Environmental supporters from Monmouth Beach and the surrounding area can participate in Clean Ocean Action’s 2019 “Fall Beach Sweeps” on Saturday, October 26 from 9 am to 12:30 pm.
I strongly urge shore residents to help in this most worthy cause. We all have to be better stewards of our planet. There’s only the one. I helped for many years, along with my two then young children, and found it invigorating and meaningful. Our precious coast always needs guarding and I salute COA for its long record of caring and doing.
The Monmouth Beach Cultural Center (at 128 Ocean Avenue) is the starting locale for the borough’s beach cleaners this fall.
COA started the beach sweeps program back in 1985 to rid our precious shore of unsightly and harmful debris. One of the longest running cleanups of its kind in the world, the program has grown from 75 people at one site in 1985, to over 5,000 volunteers in recent years. To date COA beach sweeps have removed more than 6.7 million pieces of trash. An amazing achievement.
Since the Beach Sweeps began two things remain constant, according to Cindy Zipf, Executive Director of COA. “First, litter, especially plastic, is harmful and even lethal to marine life and it is on the rise. Second, you can always count on the small and the tall to volunteer to help clean up. She calls is “Jersey Pride.”
“Nature and wisdom never are at strife.”
The event will be held rain or shine. All participants are asked to wear work gloves, hard-sole shoes and sunscreen, and be appropriately dressed. Other nearby communities participating are: Long Branch, Sea Bright and Sandy Hook.
According to the 2018 Annual Beach Sweeps Report, a recording-breaking 10,000+ volunteers collected nearly 475,00 pieces of debris from 60 locations during the combined Spring and Fall cleanups last year. As in recent years, the most frequently collected items were plastic — nearly 82% being made of plastic or foam plastic.
The 5 most common pieces of debris found during ’18 Beach Sweeps were:
Plastic Pieces (75,899)
Plastic Caps/Lids (61,358)
Food Wrappers/Bags (40,780)
Cigarette Filters (21,988)
Among the “Roster of the Ridiculous,” which lists the most unusual items found, were: a Japanese candy wrapper, couch, Porta Potty door, Christmas tree, medicine ball, Trivial Pursuit cards, shopping car, pregnancy test, Barbie and Ken dolls, adult sex toy, vaping pipe, 2 cases of beer, bed pan, upper dentures, counterfeit $100 bill and a kitchen sink.
For more information about the program, call: 732-872-0111 visit the COA website.