Marlborough and Loyola’s Heal the Bay clubs teamed up to adopt Dockweiler Beach at Imperial Highway on March 11th, 18th, and 25th.
Our first cleanup day was on a rainy day, but we pushed through and picked up as much trash as we could. As expected, we mostly found plastic wrappers, plastic pieces, and styrofoam pieces. Our second day and third days were warm and dry, and we got a lot more done as shown in our data. We experienced the similar trend of picking up a host of plastic wrappers, plastic pieces, and styrofoam pieces. We even found a dead chicken and multiple scattered bones! However, we also saw bundles of feathers tangled up in nets or other trash, showing us trash’s danger to wildlife.
What upset our members the most was the amount of styrofoam we found. Although we picked up hundreds of items such as plastic pieces and plastic wrappers, styrofoam pieces by far exceeded any other item! The styrofoam we found ranged from the tiniest of pieces to bowls and large fast-food cups. We had a grand total of 1,369 styrofoam pieces! It was also disturbing how many cigarette butts we found, and didn’t expect to find so many. At the end of all of our cleanups, we had found a total of 271 cigarette butts.
We are so grateful for our club members, who woke up early to help make Dockweiler a cleaner place! Because they put in the time and effort, they feel that adopting Dockweiler Beach was a rewarding experience and made them want to take future action in further protecting our beaches!
(PS from Halina: Be sure to check out their graph that they created from Heal the Bay’s Marine Debris Database in the slideshow! The graph sums up all the trash types they accumulated over their three cleanups.)