Trash At The Beach – Why You Shouldn’t Litter

We went to the beach this summer and the first day there was so much trash in the ocean that I was inspired to do a post in the style of the many “Wordless Wednesday” blog posts.  This is a collection of pictures of the trash we found on the Jersey Shore.

photo of affluent house on the beach in the New Jersey shore
What struck us was that this was a very
affluent shore community.

Plastic wrap tangled in seaweed
Plastic wrap tangled in seaweed

Red ribbons - likely from a balloon - balloons are biodegradable, but the ribbons are not.
Red ribbons – likely from a balloon
balloons are biodegradable, but the ribbons are not.
More trash on the beach
More trash on the beach

bottle cap washed up on the beach
Lots of bottle caps washing up
Recyclable bottle washed up by the waves
Recyclable bottle washed up by the waves.

Person walking right by plastic bottle on the beach
Person walking right by plastic bottle on the beach.

black plastic trash bag pulled from the waves at the beach
I saw a young girl yelling “Get it! Get it! and some boys trying to grab something in the water.  I waded out and hauled in this plastic bag.  The lifeguard jumped down to take it from me after it drained of water.  He said that every day they haul trash out of the water.  

easily accessible trash & recycling can at the beach
The crazy thing was,  there were sets of the recycle and trash cans at every entrance to the beach AND all over the beach closer to the water.   There was always one in easy distance wherever we were.

Next time you’re leaving trash on the ground, remember these pictures and think about whether that trash is going to end up in our oceans and on our beaches.  Picking up trash, whether you’re on the beach or in the woods, is a great use for extra plastic bags, just make sure it all makes it into a trash can!

Happy Greening!
Alicia

Where do you go and find trash that really makes you mad? Share your experiences in the comments.



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