September 17, 2017
On September 17th, 97 volunteers gathered in Far Rockaway, NY for a cleanup of Rockaway Beach in celebration of International Coastal Cleanup Day!
United by Blue hosted the cleanup alongside, Ocean Conservancy and Rockaway Beach Civic Association. Volunteers split up and combed the beach for two hours picking up trash and recycling. Much of this trash consisted of small pieces of single-use plastics and Styrofoam. Although these small pieces of trash don't weigh much, they are a large threat to the health of the Atlantic Ocean and the marine species in and around it. By the end of cleanup, 153 lbs of garbage was collected. Some odd objects were uncovered along the way including half of a skateboard, a Batman watch, and a light bulb! After the cleanup, Cabot's Gratitude Grille truck served up lunch to all of the hungry volunteers!