17 volunteers picked up 181 lbs of soggy trash at Bartram Park and Pensacola Visitor Center
Our volunteers continue to show up under hot conditions - 46 today to pick up 373 lbs of trash. Thank you for your efforts!
17 volunteers picked up 128 lbs of trash from the Bob Sikes' fishing pier to James P Morgan Memorial Park. Of the five 33 gal trash bags, one was recyclable plastic bottles/cans
Alex Fox with the Navarre Beach Sea Turtle Conservation Center said plastic is now being found in 90-percent of sea life.
Statistics like these have sparked movements like the “Skip The Straw” Project. The project encourages businesses and consumers to swap plastic straws, for paper. Biologists said the paper straws are biodegradable and better for the environment.
“As far as you know, collecting trash and plastic on the beach- straws is in the top ten categories as far as overall pollution. Cigarette butts are number one,” said Fox.
Max Murphy is the general manager of Crab’s Restaurant on Pensacola Beach. He said his restaurant has already made the switch. “Converting to paper straws is just going to help the fisheries here, which in turn helps us. It’s being responsible. We’re trying to get as many eco-friendly products as possible,” said Murphy.
“Six, eight months ago people were giving paper straws away. Now everybody wants them because the whole industry is going that direction,” he said.
33 Volunteers picked up 160 lbs of trash bringing monthly total to 811 lbs. For the month 237 water bottles . Observation - in an area picked up 47 water bottle lids and ONLY 1 water bottle! Where are the other 46?
Adding Bartram Park and Graffiti Bridge, 29 volunteers picked up 267 lbs of trash. There were a lot of styrofoam pieces and 114 water bottles
163 lbs of trash picked up including two small groups through the week.
First month choosing an item to count - July is water bottles. 81 so far.