This past weekend, the South Florida 4Ocean team paired up with The Tropics to have a beach cleanup in Miami, Florida. The cleanup was hosted at Hobie Beach. This beach is a popular beach not only humans but for their furry companions as well. Being right in the calm waters of Biscayne Bay, Hobie Beach is a hot spot for parties but unfortunately many pieces of trash are left behind on the beach or wash up along the shore from trash that has fallen off - or worse, been thrown off - boats in the bay. There have been many requests to clean this particular beach in South Florida due to some animals, specifically dogs, getting sick from picking up pieces of trash and eating them.
South Florida Ambassadors and volunteers of all ages woke up bright and early to come out and help clean Hobie Beach - and the end result was incredible! In a mere 2 hours of nonstop cleaning, volunteers and ambassadors from The Tropics and 4Ocean Team were able to collect 320 pounds of trash from the beach! After the trash was collected and brought back to the start, the 4Ocean team got to weighing the total items. After being weighed, the trash was sorted through by hand and sorted according to material: plastic, glass, metal, thin film and non-recyclables. The Tropics will take the plastic water bottles collected from the cleanup and recycle them to make men's boardshorts. The 4Ocean Team took the remaining items and brought the recyclables to a recycling facility in the area and disposed of the non recyclables properly at a reputable waste facility.
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