The 4ocean Community Cleanups Team traveled to Revere Beach, Massachusetts to host a cleanup in honor of International Coastal Cleanup Day. We knew the day would be one to remember: The Revere Beach Cleanup was our first official 4ocean cleanup in the New England region of the United States. But the overwhelming response from the local community far exceeded our expectations!
Volunteers of all ages came to participate in what ended up being our largest community cleanup to date. Families traveled from as far as New York, New Hampshire, and even Pennsylvania to participate in this historical 4ocean cleanup event. By the end of the cleanup, a record-breaking total of 627 ocean-loving and passionate volunteers made a world of a difference for the ocean and coastlines in Massachusetts and left not a single piece of trash on Revere Beach.
Not only did we break a record within our own company with the amount of volunteers and trash collected at our community cleanup, we also broke the record for the largest single cleanup in the state of Massachusetts! Everyone who came out should be proud of all that we were able to accomplish and collect from Revere Beach.
With 627 volunteers and our 4ocean team, we were able to collect a colossal 2,800 pounds of man-made waste, 244 pounds of recycling, and 191.2 pounds of discarded lobster traps, for a grand total of 3,235.2 pounds of trash that will never make it to the ocean and pose a threat to marine life!
Right before our cleanup took place, Hurricane Florence made landfall on the East Coast of the United States. With the strong winds, changes in current, and stronger than normal wave activity, unique items of man-made marine debris were washed up on shore that our volunteers collected. Among these items were a large amount of lobster traps.
Unfortunately, lobster traps can be jarred loose during strong storms and end up washed up on shore or worse, washed out to sea. Our volunteers were able to recover these washed up traps and they were reported to the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) who later came out to collect them.
If you and your friends or family weren't able to make the cleanup, we encourage you to check out our Cleanups Event Calendar to check when and where our next community cleanups will be.
Even if you do not live where our team is going to host a cleanup, there are many ways you can help to save the ocean and live a greener life! You can pull our next pound by purchasing any item in our shop. Because of your support, we are able to accomplish huge milestones for our ocean and coastlines around the world!
More photos from the cleanup:
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As we got closer to the ocean floor, we began to approach a reef; this reef was nothing short of epic. The colours were bright and everything appeared to be healthy with marine life flourishing... that was until the current changed. Within seconds, this heaving reef became surrounded with plastic and rubbish.