Last weekend I attended a coastal cleanup at Far Rockaway Beach. When we got there, the beach was much cleaner than I expected it to be, and there were people swimming and surfing already. We were then briefed on the different types of trash; garbage, hard plastic, and recycling. Along with a small group of friends, I walked on the beach and sorted any trash I found. I was very surprised on how much trash there actually was, since the beach looked very clean from the boardwalk. After an hour of cleaning up, we regrouped and were able to enter two contests. The first was the weird trash contest (which was won by a broken skateboard), and the second was to guess how much trash we all collected. I was astonished that we collected over 150 lbs. of trash in that short of a time. Then we got free grilled cheese from a food truck as a thank you for our effort.
This coastal cleanup really opened my eyes to how much trash there is on beaches, and how that can effect the life in the ocean. I had a very good experience and hope to continue to volunteer in coastal cleanups.