LEAVE NOTHING BEHIND BUT YOUR FOOTPRINTS
BEACH CLEANUP GUIDELINES
- 5 Gallon buckets.
- Gloves—Work gloves or rubber gloves. Do not use the disposable single-use gloves. TIP: Encourage participants to bring their own gloves.
- Trash picker tools—These are great for cigarette butts or picking up trash in hard to reach places like rocks and plants.
- Large Biodegradable Bags—Try to avoid plastic, but if you have a large amount of trash, you will need something to transport the materials.
- Wear gloves for protection. Plastic (especially Nurdles) attracts and concentrates environmental pollutants like DDT and PCBs to highly toxic levels.
- Stay away from the water, foliage, parking lots, roads, and any sensitive wildlife areas.
- Look for microplastic and Nurdles because these are highly dangerous to the marine ecosystem. They can be found in the following places:
- Paths—Look on sheltered tracks and paths at the edge of the beach.
- Vegetation—Blown on shore from the sea they get caught in the base of the grasses at the top of the beach.
- Strand line—The Ocean washes them up to the high tide mark where they get trapped in the strand line debris.
- Sandy Beach—It is easier to hunt on sandy rather than stony or pebbly beaches.
- Headlands—Beach litter often accumulates near the headlands of bays.
After the cleanup, sort the material and dispose of them as follows:
- Trash—Dispose at your residence. Do not put trash in the trash bins at the beach. These often overfill contributing to the beach litter problem.
- Recyclables—Place these in your recycling bin at your residence for the same reason as above.
- Cigarette Butts—If you have a large amount, we can help you send these to Terracycle for recycling. If you have a few, dispose of with the trash.
- Microplastic and Nurdles—These are not recyclable and are highly dangerous to the marine ecosystem. It is important that these are properly handled and disposed of in a container where they will not blow away before placing them into the trash.
NURDLE TROMMEL GUIDELINES
If you have a Nurdle Trommel, follow these guidelines:
- Place Trommel in an open area away from the water and sensitive or rare habitats.
- Only put dry sand into the Trommel.
- Remove large debris prior to spinning.
- Spin slowly.
- Collect sand from the strand line (high-tide line).
- Do not collect sand from sensitive or rare habitats.
- Do not collect sand from vegetated areas.
- Do not dig deep into the sand because you may encounter wildlife or wet sand.