KI Beach Cleanups sea­son off to strong start

Record Observer - - NEWS - By AN­GELA PRICE bay­times@kibay­times.com

STEVENSVILLE — The Kent Is­land Beach Cleanups sixth sea­son is off to a fan­tas­tic start, ac­cord­ing to founder Kristin Weed, af­ter two suc­cess­ful Satur­days pick­ing up trash.

KIBCU hosted its first cleanup for 2017 at Ter­rapin Beach on April 15. More than 60 vol­un­teers came out, and they over­filled the trash trailer in less than four hours, Weed said.

She signed more than 16 stu­dent vol­un­teer ser­vice hours forms and met 36 new vol­un­teers that Satur­day.

This past week­end, KIBCU part­nered with the county’s Earth Day road­side cleanup ef­fort, pick­ing up trash un­der along Piney Nar­rows Road and at the Kent Nar­rows pier un­der the bridge in Ch­ester.

On a chilly, wet April 22, 42 vol­un­teers par­tic­i­pated in the cleanup, in­clud­ing 15 stu­dents and 16 new vol­un­teers. They “col­lected the most ever garbage from that area in one day,” Weed said. “The park rangers could barely fit the to­taled garbage in their truck and off road ve­hi­cle.”

Strange items col­lected Satur­day in­cluded sev­eral tires, a weed whacker and more than 30 golf balls, she said.

They also col­lected lots and lots of fish­ing line — one of Weed’s pet peeves. She re­minded the pub­lic they have a fish­ing line re­cy­cling sta­tion right at the pier.

Earth Day also marked the be­gin­ning of the or­ga­ni­za­tion’s part­ner­ship with Ter­raCy­cle’s beach re­cy­cling pi­lot pro­gram. Rigid plas­tics col­lected dur­ing the cleanup were boxed to be shipped to the New Jer­sey com­pany to be sep­a­rated by type, cleaned and melted into hard plas­tics that can be re­mod­eled to make new prod­ucts in­stead of go­ing to the county land­fill.

Ter­raCy­cle is work­ing with Proc­ter & Gam­ble to cre­ate the first ever re­cy­cled plas­tic sham­poo bot­tle, she said.

This Thurs­day, April 27, is KIBCU “Spirit Day” at Sweet Frog frozen yo­gurt in Ch­ester. The busi­ness will do­nate a por­tion of the en­tire day’s pro­ceeds, open to close, Weed said. If you don’t have a flier, just tell the cashier that you sup­port KIBCU. Also, KIBCU vol­un­teers will staff an in­for­ma­tion ta­ble in the evening to talk to the com­mu­nity about the or­ga­ni­za­tion.

The next KICBU ef­fort is set for May 6 at Hem­ing­way’s beach. Cleanups are reg­u­larly held on Satur­day morn­ings. Reg­is­tra­tion be­gins at 8 a.m. with the cleanup start­ing no later than 8:30. The cleanups usu­ally fin­ish by noon, de­pend­ing on how many vol­un­teers at­tend.

Vol­un­teers can just show up to work, but they must sign a par­tic­i­pa­tion waiver; those vol­un­teers un­der 18 must have the waiver signed by a par­ent or guardian. Stu­dents can earn ser­vice learn­ing hours for par­tic­i­pat­ing in cleanups.

KIBC pro­vides cleanup sup­plies, such as gloves, buck­ets and trash bags.

“Bring a re­us­able wa­ter bot­tle,” Weed ad­vised. The or­ga­ni­za­tion pro­vides wa­ter to fill your bot­tle, but no longer pro­vides bot­tled wa­ter in ef­fort to re­duce the con­sump­tion of sin­gle-use plas­tic, she said. A light snack is also pro­vided.

For more in­for­ma­tion, find Kent Is­land Beach Cleanups page on Face­book or go to www.ken­tis­land­beach­clean ups.com.

PHO­TOS BY DOUG BISHOP

Kent Is­land High School stu­dents Sum­mer Hagelin, left, and Ju­lia Humphreys, pick up trash at Ter­rapin Beach, Satur­day morn­ing, April 15, dur­ing the first Kent Is­land Beach Cleanups ef­fort of 2017. They were among the more than 60 vol­un­teers who turned out for the ef­fort.

Kent Is­land Beach Cleanups in­tern Mor­gan Flee­gle, left, looks on as Kristin Weed helps Jes­sica and Made­lyn New­ton of Stevensville reg­is­ter for the Ter­rapin Beach cleanup, Satur­day morn­ing, April 15. KIBCU holds reg­u­lar vol­un­teer cleanups through­out the year. More than 60 peo­ple turned out April 15.

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