Last weekend, a group of us from McCallion & McCallion participated in Ocean Conservancy’s International Coastal Cleanup Day!
Coastal Clean Up On Sanibel Island
We walked just under 2 miles out and back near Bowman’s Beach searching for trash. I’ll admit, it was quite the challenge training your eye to look for trash instead of shells! Of course, we found some great shells even without intentionally searching for them.
SCCF, who hosted the event on Sanibel awarded us the title “most interesting piece of trash”… an inflatable candle! That’s not something you see on the beach every day!
Buoys, Bags and Bottles
Most of the trash was found along the sand dunes where the wind and waves tend to trap trash. There were a few buoys, some plastic bags, bottles and cans, and larger pieces of bait traps. We also found food wrappers, abandoned beach toys, fishing lines, and cigarette butts.
While we like to assume that Sanibel beach-goers “pack in and pack out” their trash every time, we know that’s not always the case. Plus, trash washes ashore from other areas and boaters who lose items overboard.
McCallion & McCallion Beach Clean Up Success
Still, we were proud to not find TOO many bucketloads of trash. This McCallion & McCallion beach clean up was a success! We share this recap with you as a kind reminder to do your part when you visit (any) beach. If we can pick up after ourselves and each other it creates a safer beach experience for everyone, including our wildlife.