378 lbs of Trash Removed from Great Bay by Volunteers

Published: Oct 2, 2017

Over 50 volunteers turned out this past Saturday, Sept. 30, 2017 at the Great Bay National Wildlife Refuge for the Great Bay Clean up, part of the International Coastal Cleanup.  Working with staff from the Piscataqua Region Estuaries Partnership, the US Fish & Wildlife Service, and the Stewardship Network: New England, volunteers removed 378 pounds of trash from the shorelines of the refuge, in areas of the property normally closed to the public. Local families, adults and UNH students joined together after a rainy morning to pick up trash at the water's edge. Volunteers tallied the trash items according to categories established by The Ocean Conservancy's citizen science effort (see International Coastal Cleanup).  The most common item was plastic pieces, followed by foam and a surprising amount of glass and rope.  

The following list represents data on each item of trash removed on Saturday. This list will be submitted to the Ocean Conservancy, along with data from volunteers across the planet, to document the problem of marine pollution and the threat it poses to marine and human life:

915-Plastic pieces  
806-Foam pieces  
225-Glass pieces  
160-Bottle caps (plastic)  
102-Rope (1 yard = 1 piece)  
97-Beverage bottles (plastic)  
89-Other plastic/foam packaging  
64-Beverage bottles (glass)
50-Food wrappers  
34-Other plastic bags  
34-Cigarette lighters  
30-Strapping bands  
27-Grocery bags (plastic)  
27-Construction materials  
22-Lids (plastic)  
21-Fishing line (1 yard = 1 piece)  
21-Metallic Balloons  
20-Fishing net & pieces  
15-Cups & plates (plastic)  
11-Take-out containers  
11-Bottle caps (metal)  
11-Beverage cans  
10-Cups & plates (foam)  
9-Cigarette butts  
8-Fishing buoys, pots, & traps  
8-Other plastic bottles (oil, bleach, etc.)  
7-Tobacco packaging/wrap
6-Forks, knives, spoons  
5-Tampon applicators
4-Paper bags  
4-Cups & plates (paper)
4-Cigar tips  
1-6-pack holders

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UNH Students From Phi Mu Delta and the UNH Best Buddies Program - Photo: Emily Lord

Coordinator Abigail Lyon from the Piscataqua Region Estuaries Partnership explains how to collect data on trash as it gets removed.

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