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1,080 pounds of litter, on less than mile of beach: International Coastal Clean-up Eleuthera, Bahamas

1,080 pounds of litter, on less than mile of beach: International Coastal Clean-up Eleuthera, Bahamas

http://eleutheranews.com/?p=5574(Eleuthera, Bahamas) – It is a fact that every year, large amounts of trash end up in our oceans. It is estimated that around eight million metric tons of plastic waste enter the oceans from land each year. In efforts to alleviate global litter pollution, and spread awareness of this deleterious issue, the Ocean Conservancy created International Coastal Cleanup Day, on September 17th. Last year, more than 18 million pounds of trash was collected by nearly 800,000 volunteers worldwide.

This is the fourth year that Eleuthera has registered and participated in International Coastal Cleanup Day. The event brought out 182 student environmental activists from Preston H. Albury High School, Deep Creek Middle School, Harbour Island All Age School and The Island School. 

The cleanup took place at Northside Beach, Rock Sound, where 1,080 pounds of litter were collected in less than a mile. Items such as syringes, fishing gear, straws, plastic food wrappers, plastic bottles and caps, foam take away containers, and plastic fragments were collected from the beach. read more at eleutheranews.com