Not Everyone Throws Their Trash in the Bins at the Beach

By Karoline Steavenson

One of the basics of becoming eco-conscious is learning what to do with your trash. We know the recyclables go in the recycling bins, the non-recyclables go in the trash cans, and if you want money for your cans and plastic bottles you can cash those in at a recycling center.

Simple, right? Everyone can throw away their trash.

But for whatever reason some people who visit the beach don’t know where their trash belongs. One blogger has proof of this.

Tony Barboza of the Los Angeles Times reported on this issue recently when he wrote a story about Sara Bayles, a one woman eco-warrior, writer and ceramics teacher.  Bayles gave herself the task of collecting trash on a regular basis at Santa Monica beach, weighing it, photographing it, and writing about it on her blog, The Daily Ocean.

So far she has collected over 639 pounds of trash in only 158 days. That’s just one person, working alone, for about 20 minutes a day.

In one blog posting Bayles wrote that once, while she was cleaning, she watched a sea gull swallow a cigarette lighter before she could grab it.

Bayles has found other bloggers and activists who are also cleaning up beaches and writing about it. Here are a few of their blogs:

Beached Art

Our Daily Ocean

Washed Ashore

Pluck Fastic

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