The 4ocean Community Cleanups Team traveled up to Jacksonville Beach, FL this past weekend for a beach cleanup at the Jacksonville Beach Pier.
The weekend kicked off with a plastic-free happy hour at Southern Swells Brewing Co. on Friday. We got the chance to meet the locals in Jacksonville Beach and were eager to educate them on the importance of finding alternatives to single-use plastics. Throughout the evening, no plastic cups, straws, or cutlery were used to raise awareness on the impact single-use plastics have on our environment.
Saturday morning we were greeted with beautiful, chilly, fall weather - a great start to a great day! The cleanup started at 9:00am, but participants started arriving as early at 8:30am to get a head start on the cleaning.
Thanks to everybody who came out to help make a difference, we were able to collect 769 pounds of debris! Of the items collected, 201 pounds of it were able to be recycled. This means that 201 pounds of recyclables will not only never make it to the ocean where it can harm marine life, but it will also avoid being brought to a landfill and will be able to be repurposed.
Our team along with some passionate volunteers sorted through the trash and recyclables at the end of the cleanup and found some staggering numbers from the items we ended up collecting...
- 682 plastic bottle caps
- 478 plastic bags
- 370 plastic straws
- 283 plastic water bottles
- 167 plastic cups
- 73 plastic cutlery items
- A whole bucket full of cigarette butts!
Thank you to the 528 dedicated and hard-working volunteers who came out to make sure the beach at the Jacksonville Beach Pier was spotless and debris-free by the end of the morning. We are always happy to see communities come together to help make a lasting impact on their local beaches.
Did you miss out on our Jacksonville Beach Cleanup? Not to worry! Our Community Cleanups Team hosts regular beach cleanups each month. Make sure to check out our Cleanup Events Calendar to find out if there's a cleanup near you!
While you are at one of our community events, be sure to check out the 4ocean Pop-Up Shop! Here you will find all of our 4ocean limited edition bracelets as well as our 4ocean t-shirts and 4ocean snapback hats that are exclusively available at our community events. We hope to see you at the next one!
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