How You Can Help Clean the Beaches

By Leland | August 28, 2015

3b7c0eed08e3e392381616b7d8cccdc6Every year, beach-goers flock to the shores and coastlines to enjoy the sun, the sand, and the salty water. It’s one of the many great vacation spots to spend time with family and friends, but this much foot traffic also leads to trash and pollution on our beaches and in our oceans. Needless to say, having people visit the beach is actually a good thing. It brings in economic growth, awareness to the environment, and in many ways, is like an eco-tourism stop.

While summer is coming to an end for many of us, beaches are year-round on the Pacific and the Atlantic in vacation spots like┬áMyrtle Beach, Virginia Beach, and many others. Vacationing at the beach is actually a really exciting and often times, relaxing retreat, but if you’re headed to the beach this year, be sure you take part in keeping them clean and well-preserved. Here’s how you can do that:

Don’t Litter, and Use Marked Trash and Recyle Bins
Plastic pollution is one of the leading factors in beach pollution. It goes without saying, one of the biggest contributors to polluted beaches are the trash that accumulate in them. Don’t believe us? Here are the top ten items found on a beach, according to Ocean Conservancy. Beaches and sandy parks are lined with trash cans and recyle bins for plastic, paper and glass, so use these. If you don’t see them, ask a life guard or park official, and perhaps encourage the beach officials to install more waste bins to collect trash to prevent tourists from spreading litter throughout the beach. Some of the most common trash items found on beaches are plastic bags, caps and lids, utensils, and straws. These items eventually wind up in the ocean as the current takes them away and sea levels wise each year.

Smoke Near a Public Ash Tray
As you saw with the infographic with the top ten trash items accumulated on the beach and oceans, cigarettes and cigarette filters and butts are the most commonly found items throughout the beach–more than 2 million accumulated, and growing. If you choose to smoke, do it near a public ash tray so that you are not tempted to throw your litter on the beach.

Lastly, Go to the Beach, and Practice Environmentally Friendly Tactics
Plain and simple, avoid bringing water bottles and plasticware to the beach, if you can. Bring a personal water bottle, one that you can refill and not throw away. Eat a nearby restaurant, instead of eating on the beach, which tempts tourists to leave behind their waste. Going to a restaurant also promotes tourism in that area, and helps with that areas economy while you’re also saving the oceans.

If you see a beach-goer drop litter, ask them nicely to throw it away, or perhaps you can be the good samaritan and recycle the trash yourself, setting a good example for everyone around.

About the Author: Nicole is a guest contributor from Seaside Vacations, offering vacation rentals and resort deals to beach-goers in North Myrtle Beach.

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