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Sueshore Stresses Out on the Beach!

Discussion in 'All About SoWal' started by Miss Kitty, Oct 18, 2005.

  1. Miss Kitty

    Miss Kitty Meow

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    Didn't think it was possible, but yesterday on our sunset romp, I started feeling my blood pressure rise. I spent as much time in bliss as I did removing trash from Molly's mouth. I had forgotten a trash bag this time, but stuffed our beach bag full of offensive items to throw away in the TWO large containers at the bottom of the WC boardwalk. The "free" towels given out here were all over the beach as well as a stack rivaling the height of a dune up by the chair/umbrella container. Just in case you thought "cash means class"...I am here to enlighten you. Deep breaths and a large trash bag will come with us next time.
     
  2. aquaticbiology

    aquaticbiology fishlips

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    on the show 'survivorman' - where this guy gets dropped into in an extremely remote location, such as antartica, the desert or last week's georgia swamp, where he must survive on what he finds there for 7 days - he made a comment like: no matter how remote the place the film crew chooses to put him, he can always find some trash left by people who had been there before him - this time it was a spring that he turned into a fish hook

    people simply make trash, whether they simply drop it like a chimpanzee when something else grabs their attention or it is no longer useful to them, or they put it in the bin to go to the landfill :puke: - without people there would be no trash, but we wouldn't be here either :banging: :whack:
     
  3. Mermaid

    Mermaid picky

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    Sueshore, you are a good steward of the beaches! :wub: :clap_1: :wub:
     
  4. kathydwells

    kathydwells Darlene is my middle name, not my nickname

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    Sorry you had to into a "bag lady" on your evening walk. It is upsetting that some people can be such slobs!!! I hope your walk this evening is better!!!!
     
  5. aquaticbiology

    aquaticbiology fishlips

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    turn the kids loose on it:

    http://www.unesco.org/csi/pub/source/ero24.htm#APPENDIX II (about half way down the page)

    excerpt:

    Beach clean-up data card

    Thank you for completing this data card. Answer the questions and return to your area coordinator or to the address at the bottom of this card. This information will be used in the Centre for Marine Conservation's National Marine Debris Data Base and Report to help develop solutions to stopping marine debris.



    Name ____________________________ Affiliation _____________
    Address ____________ Occupation _____ Phone ________
    City _______________ State ___ Zip __ M __ F __ Age __
    Today's date: Month __ Day __ Year __ Name of coordinator __________
    Location of beach cleaned ______________ Nearest city _________________
    How did you hear aout the cleanup? __________________________________

    SAFETY TIPS

    Do not go near any large drums.
    Be careful with sharp objects.
    Wear gloves.
    Stay out of the dunes areas.
    Watch out for snakes.
    Don't lift anything too heavy.
    WE WANT YOU TO BE SAFE



    Number of people working on this data card _______
    Estimated distance of beach cleaned _______
    Number of bags filled _______

    SOURCES OF DEBRIS.Please list all items with foreign labels (such as plastic bleach bottles from Mexico) or other markigs that indicate the items origin (such as cruise line names, military identification or debris and/or address of shipping/freighting or fishing companies, or oil/gas exploration activities)
    SOURCE
    ITEM FOUND

    EXAMPLE ABC Shipping Company plastic strapping band





    STRANDED AND/OR ENTANGLED ANIMALS (Please describe type of animal and type of entangling debris. Be as specific as you can)
    ____ ____ ____ ____ ____ ____ ____ ____ ____ ____ ____ ____ ____ ____ ____ ____ ____ ____ ____ ____ ____ ____ ____ ____ ____ ____ ____ ____ ____ ____ ____ ____ ____ ____ ____ ____ ____ ____ ____ ____ ____ ____ ____ ____ ____ ____ ____ ____ ____ ____ ____ ____ ____ ____ ____ ____ ____ ____ ____ ____ ____ ____ ____ ____
    What was the most peculiar item you collected? ____ ____ ____ ____ ____ ____ ____ ____ ____ ____ ____ ____ ____ ____ ____ ____ ____ ____
    Comments ____ ____ ____ ____ ____ ____ ____ ____ ____ ____ ____ ____ ____ ____ ____ ____ ____ ____ ____ ____ ____ ____ ____ ____ ____ ____ ____ ____ ____ ____ ____ ____ ____ ____ ____ ____ ____ ____ ____ ____ ____ ____ ____ ____ ____
    Thank you! PLEASE RETURN THIS CARD TO YOUR AREA COORDINATOR OR MAIL TO:
    CENTRE for MARINE CONSERVATION
    1725 DeSales Street, NW
    Washing ton, DC 20036

    A Membership Organization

    Center for Marine
    Conservation United States
    Environmental
    Protection Agency





    ITEMS COLLECTED

    You may find it helpful to work with a buddy as you clean the beach, one of you picking up trash and the other taking notes. An easy way to keep track of the items you find is by making tick marks. The box is for total items, see sample below.

    Example
    egg cartons llll llll llll l TOTAL
    16

    cups llll llll llll llll ll TOTAL
    22

    PLASTIC

    total
    number
    of items
    total
    number
    of items

    bags: fishing nets _______________

    food bags/wrappers _______________
    hard hats _______________

    trash _______________
    light sticks _______________

    salt _______________
    pieces _______________

    other bags _______________
    pipe thread protector _______________

    bottles: rope _______________

    beverage/soda _______________
    sheeting:
    bleach, cleaner _______________
    longer than 2 feet _______________

    milk, water gal. jugs _______________
    2 feet or shorter _______________

    oil, lube _______________
    6 pack holders _______________

    other bottles _______________
    strapping bands _______________

    beverage/soda _______________
    straws _______________

    buckets _______________
    syringes _______________

    caps, lids _______________
    tampon applicators _______________

    cigarette filters _______________
    toys _______________

    cups, utensils _______________
    vegetable sacks _______________

    diapers _______________
    'write protector' rings _______________

    fishing line _______________
    other plastic (specify) _________
    fishing lures, floats _______________
    ______________

    STYROFOAM?
    (or other plastic foam)

    buoys _______________
    packaging material _______________

    cups _______________
    pieces _______________

    egg cartons _______________
    plates _______________

    fast food containers _______________
    other Styrofoam? (specify) _____
    meat trays _______________
    _______________

    GLASS

    bottles/jars: flourescent light tubes _______________

    beverage bottles _______________
    light bulbs _______________

    food jars _______________
    pieces _______________

    other bottles/jars _______________
    other glass (specify) _______________

    RUBBER

    ballons _______________
    tires _______________

    condoms _______________
    other rubber (specify) ___________
    gloves _______________
    _______________

    METAL

    bottle caps _______________
    55 gallon drums:
    cans: rusty _______________

    aerosol _______________
    new _______________

    beverage _______________
    pieces _______________

    food _______________
    pull tabs _______________

    other _______________
    wire _______________

    crab/fish traps _______________
    other metal (specify) _______________

    PAPER

    bags _______________
    newspapers/magazines _______________

    cardboard _______________
    pieces _______________

    cartons _______________
    plates _______________

    cups _______________
    other paper (specify) _______________

    WOOD
    (leave driftwood on the beach)

    crab/lobster traps _______________
    pallets _______________

    crates _______________
    other wood (specify) _______________

    lumber pieces _______________

    CLOTH

    clothing/pieces _______________


    Remember to turn the card over and fill out your name and address and to record sources and entangled wildlife!


    I would have to add - fireworks and firework pieces and just plain litterbug stuff (empty and half-full soda cans, cigarette butts, food wrappings)
     
  6. Miss Kitty

    Miss Kitty Meow

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    Thanks AB....it's luckily not that bad. I do not believe this is trash FROM the Gulf....especially the straws, WC cups, broken goggles, banana peels that Molly found. I will return with a bigger bag and thank God for his creation.

    Mermaid...you'd be out there with a bag and a fly swatter to beat sense into these beachtrashers!
     
  7. seagrovelover

    seagrovelover little sugar

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    Sueshore...what a shame that your lovely evening had to be a trash run as well. Thanks to people like you the beach is much nicer today!!!!!!! we always end up throwing away other peoples trash on our vacation, but its all part of keeping the beaches so spectacular, some folks are just lazy!!!!!!!!! :roll:
     
  8. Rita

    Rita margarita brocolia

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    Wow! :sosad: And this isn't a busy season!

    Maybe if people see you removing trash, they will think to help also. And maybe the offenders will take notice that some people do care and they will decide be more careful next time they're out. I hope the litterers are :oops: !
     
  9. Miss Kitty

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    I actually had an audience....five "adults" sitting in WC chairs they had removed from the container. If looks could kill there were five bodies crumpled on the chairs later after I left with the trash....that trash stayed behind.

    I can't even imagine what summer was like...I am ready to take a little sueshore sensability to the honchos here. Those blue and white striped towels are ending up all over the place and I'M NOT GOING TO TAKE IT ANYMORE!!! Thanks, I feel better and now I am off to scounge up some dinner w/ a half and half iced tea!
     
  10. Rita

    Rita margarita brocolia

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    :clap_1: You go girl! You'll make a difference, even if it is slow to come and you only reach a few people. It helps.

    I've picked up litter that people in front of me have thrown down, and caught up with them and told them "sorry, but I think you dropped something" and hand it back to them.
     
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  11. Mermaid

    Mermaid picky

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    It boggles my mind that people can be such slobs in such a beautiful place. I think they're more the exception than the rule, though, don't you think? (Although after everything you've picked up, Sueshore, you might not feel the same! :eek: ) I find the stray beer bottle or beach toy when out on walks but thankfully I'm not finding full six packs every ten feet! I always pick things up, same as you do, Sueshore. I shake my head that some people are so clueless--makes me feel sorry for them that they obviously don't have the depth of feeling to be awed by our wonderful 30-A.
     
  12. Miss Kitty

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    SOOOO clever! Gives new meaning to BEACH TRASH!

    P.S. Got your SoWal sticker...now need to find an envelope! Look in your mailbox soon!
     
  13. Rita

    Rita margarita brocolia

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    :D Woohoo! I better go clean my car in preparation for this big event!
     
  14. Miss Kitty

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    Or, you could do what I did...use WINDEX to clear a spot for the sowal sticker!!!
     
  15. aroberts

    aroberts Beach Comber

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    Thanks for your help. I picked up a lot of litter there on Sunday afternoon. As Watercolor Homeowners I understand that we are coming up with a new "system" for towels next year. It's great to be able to get these at the beach but I think a few bad apples may have ruined this for us.

    I usuallly pick up the trash in front of people and give them a look!
     
  16. Miss Kitty

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    Hey neighbor!! WC is truly a great place for us! That "new" system was supposed to put in place last season! There were at least 15 of them on the beach this morning. I dragged them into a pile. Molly and I have quite a collection in our bag...straws being the most popular trash of the day as well as the rubber bands from the cabana boys and the umbrellas. I was much calmer picking up today. The cute little boy (evacuee from NOLA) we talked to and watch catch a fish warmed my heart!!! The early morning beach is gorgeous!
     
  17. Bob

    Bob SoWal Insider

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    repeat every time you find garbage on the beach; "the average IQ is 100 and common sense is not in abundance".
     
  18. CastlesOfSand

    CastlesOfSand Beach Fanatic

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    Thanks for picking up at the beach Sueshore. :cool: I always do the same when I'm there. I'm amazed at how people just stare at you while your picking up. I had to dig a tent out of the sand when I was there a couple of weeks ago. Keep up the good work! :clap_1:
     
  19. Miss Kitty

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    A BIG GOLD STAR for you CoS!!!! No tents around here, thank goodness! I did get Molly and myself tangled up in a kite string and her leash...that was an America's Funniest Home Video winner!!!
     

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