Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Trashy Talking Turtlers: Final Trash Count

Aloha Trashy Talking Turtlers!
As promised, I am sending you one last note on the amount of trash that we have collected since June 1, 2010.

Nancy Fahey
From Sept. 1-15, Nancy monitored our beach by ATV. During her early morning rides, she stopped and collected a total of 45 bags of trash. Now that is leading by example. On her runs, she found almost 30 balloons, three dirty diapers, a pair of boxers, a pair of well-worn sneakers, 31 cans of Bud (in one location) and a dive fin.

Dick and Linda Chapman
Veteran volunteers Dick and Linda Chapman collected one and a half bags of trash on Labor Day in Zone 1. Thank you, Dick and Linda.

Our grand total from June 1 to Sept. 15 is 569.74 bags of trash. Unbelievable!
Thank you all so much for being such wonderful stewards of our earth and our oceans.

WBSTP on Facebook.
WBSTP volunteer Susan Miller has been doing a wonderful job authoring the WBSTP Facebook page. If you have not already done so, please check it out at http://www.facebook.com/pages/Wrightsville-Beach-Sea-Turtle-Project/125348617482148?ref=ts. Susan is planning to continue Turtle Trivia Tuesdays. Susan also plans to continue to post information that is relevant to the sea turtle community.

Cigarette Surprise
A whopping 1,833 cigarette butts collected at Public Beach Access No. 20 on WB in just 20 minutes. Yes, you read that right.
Danielle Richardet who authors http://www.itstartswithme-danielle.blogspot.com/ picks up litter on WB for 20 minutes a day and documents her findings. She has been counting the number of cigarette butts that she collects each time. On Saturday, Sept. 18, she, her husband and her three small children visited Access No. 20—between Johnnie Mercer’s Pier and Stone Street—and collected 1,833 butts. Please visit her blog site to see the pictures! http://www.itstartswithme-danielle.blogspot.com/
Danielle and her family have collected a total of 5,395 butts in just 11 days at 20 minutes a day. How much more evidence could we possibly need that a smoking ban is a great idea?
Did you know that cigarette butts are made from plastic and they are the number one littered item? The truth is in the numerous data sources that support this information.
John and I decided to join Danielle's efforts. On Sunday, we went to Public Beach Access No. 32 and picked up litter for 20 minutes. We picked up 1 pound, 7.3 ounces of trash including 142 cigarette butts, two cigar tips, a pair of socks, two balloons, 20 bottle caps and lots of straws. We sent our information to Danielle and also to The Daily Ocean, which can be viewed at http://www.thedailyocean.blogspot.com/. Feel free to join this exciting movement of fighting litter.

We are very thankful to Lumina News for posting our newsletters on their website. Please consider visiting the luminanews.com website, click on the Sea Turtle Project Blog and become a follower.

Big Sweep
The Big Sweep is Saturday, Sept. 25 at Wrightsville Beach. We will be manning the table at Public Beach Access No. 4. Please come and volunteer; we would love to see you. Also, we will have random drawings for reusable bags, a reusable bottle and a WBSTP t-shirt!

Take care, continue to do good work, enjoy your loved ones and hope to see you all soon!

Ginger Taylor

1 comment:

  1. Ginger -

    I have added your weight to the Community Count Collection tally on my blog The Daily Ocean and I invite you to do it again any time you want. This invitation goes out to who ever feels inspired to make a difference. Got 20 min.? It can do a world of good. Thanks for the link in your post to my blog. And make sure to also visit Danielle's It Starts With Me blog too!

    keep in touch