Vol­un­teers par­tic­i­pate in coun­ty­wide cleanup

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STEVENSVILLE — Non­profit com­mu­nity and en­vi­ron­men­tal groups, scouts, stu­dents, busi­nesses and fam­ily groups joined in the Earth Week cleanup of Queen Anne’s County from April 16 to April 25.

County comis­sion­ers chal­lenged res­i­dents to adopt a road and pick up trash. Free gloves, re­flec­tive vests, re­cy­cling and trash bags were pro­vided. In all, 5,020 pounds of trash and 1,220 pounds of re­cy­cling were col­lected this year.

Kent Is­land Beach Cleanups founder Kristin Weed said her or­ga­ni­za­tion ex­panded their usual cov­er­age area to in­clude Hem­ing­way’s beach and a road­side cleanup. She said the Hem­inway’s lo­ca­tion was the worst she’s seen.

“The amount of wash up is heart­break­ing. Mil­lions and mil­lions of mi­croplas­tics, mi­crosty­ro­foam, monofil­a­ment and more is found here. We split our some 36 vol­un­teers into small groups along the short stretch of beach and lit­er­ally had them sit­ting down just sift­ing through all the small bits of trash,” Weed said.

KIBCU plans to make the Hem­ing­way’s beach one of its reg­u­lar cleanup spots.

“It’s a per­fect cleanup for groups, fam­i­lies and young chil­dren since par­ents can keep a watch­ful eye on their kids and the young ones tend to be more at­ten­tive to the smaller pieces of trash. And like I’ve men­tioned to you in the past, this type of trash is ac­tu­ally the most dam­ag­ing to our ecosys­tem and is the No. 1 grow­ing prob­lem in world­wide pol­lu­tion to­day,” Weed said.

An­other group of KIBCU vol­un­teers worked to clean a stretch of Love Point Road near the high school and Clover­fields. A lot of the trash col­lected there was beer bot­tles and cans, wa­ter bot­tles, food wrap­pers and con­tain­ers and cig­a­rette butts. Cig­a­rette butts are the No. 1 piece of trash most cleanup groups pick up, she said.

“We even had peo­ple driv­ing by throw­ing trash out of their win­dows at my hus­band while he was clean­ing,” Weed said.

Ch­e­sa­peake Bay En­vi­ron­men­tal Cen­ter Ex­ec­u­tive Di­rec­tor Judy Wink lead a group of vol­un­teers in a cleanup in Grasonville. Her group met near Fish­er­man’s Crab Deck, which vol­un­teer its park­ing lot as a col­lec­tion site.

The Queen Anne’s County Depart­ment of Pub­lic Works placed trash bins and trail­ers at var­i­ous lo­ca­tions for vol­un­teers to bring what they col­lected. On Mon­day, April 25, all the trash and re­cy­cling was weighed, then the trash was taken to the dump and the re­cy­cling to In­fin­ity Re­cy­cling in Millington.

PHOTO BY DOUG BISHOP

KI Beach Cleanups vol­un­teers, led by founder Kristin Weed, left, gath­ered on the beach at Hem­ing­way’s Restau­rant beach front Satur­day morn­ing, April 23, where they col­lected an im­pres­sive amount of de­bris. Ef­forts by KIBCU will con­tinue through the sum­mer.

CON­TRIB­UTED PHOTO

Speedy Toul­son of Pub­lic Works tosses a trash bag on top the pile in the trailer at Ch­e­sa­peake Her­itage and Vis­i­tor Cen­ter.

PHOTO BY DOUG BISHOP

Just a small sam­pling of the de­bris col­lected along the beach­front by vol­un­teers Satur­day, April 23.

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