September 7th, 2019
On Saturday, September 7th 2019, United By Blue was joined by 291 volunteers at the Frankford Boat Launch for a shoreline cleanup in partnership with PWD, Riverfront North, Keep Philadelphia Beautiful and Aqua Vida.
Prior to getting to work on the water, we heard from Keep Philadelphia Beautiful about how we can easily identify what plastics can be recycled in the (215) area code, which are conveniently 2,1 & 5. This leaves us with many other types of plastic that can't be recycled, demonstrating how "single-use" focused reduction is the best way to prevent the flow of debris downstream. With the premiere of Burlington Island : The Documentary on Friday, the connection between communities tied together by the Delaware River was fresh in our minds and gave a better understanding of the deeper cause of this pollution.
Throughout the cleanup we removed 47 dumped tires from the water and "weird trash" that included a crockpot, toilet seat cover, traffic cones and the weirdest find, Elmo.
Thank you to all of our event partners and volunteers for making this an impactful cleanup, and thank you to the Riverfront North Partnership for hosting us. Refreshments were graciously donated by Lukes Lobster and Topas Tea. To learn more about Topas Tea click here.