Tuesday, September 14, 2010

The Message in the Bottle

(posted by Lee First, Baykeeper Field Investigator)


What is this stuff? It’s earplugs, straws, foam, bottle lids, paintball bits, pen caps, plastic wrappers, lighters, and of course, tiny bits of plastic. This is all over our beaches. If wildlife eats this plastic, it kills them. All the bits of plastic items in this bottle were collected in a short time on one of our local beaches.

Help us keep plastic out of Bellingham Bay, and out of our food chain! Here’s how…



September 25 is International Coastal Cleanup Day at Locust Beach, Bellingham. This is the 25th year of Coastal Cleanups. At last year's Cleanup, nearly 400,000 volunteers collected more than 6.8 million pounds of trash in 100 countries and 42 US states — the largest volunteer effort of its kind. At our Bellingham event, we need help carrying collected garbage from the beach to several nearby pickup locations. Here’s how to help:

Meet us at Locust Beach, in Bellingham, at 10:00 am on September 25. To get to the beach, hike down the trail from the intersection of Locust Road and Burlington Northern Railroad tracks, off Marine Drive, in Bellingham. Allow 20 minutes to get to the beach from the road. Please bring plastic buckets, gloves, water, food, and sturdy shoes and clothing. Dress for the weather!

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