From plastic straws to coffee lids, everything we throw away ends up somewhere. If it doesn’t make it to a landfill, it will find its way to waterways like rivers, lakes and oceans. It really doesn’t belong there – animals can mistake that junk for food and they can get tangled up in it too. Spend some time this June making a body of water near you a cleaner environment for the animals that live there with your own shoreline cleanup.
What You’ll Need
• A body of water. Choose a lake, river, stream or ocean shoreline that you’d like to clean up. If the waterway is big, decide on a smaller area you want to tidy up.
• A date. Pick a time for your shoreline cleanup so you can let people know when the fun will begin.
• Volunteers. You’ll need some help to get the job done. If you see things like broken glass or sharp metal, be sure to pick these items up with thick gloves.
• Closed toe shoes and thick fabric gloves. These will protect your hands and feet.
• Sunscreen. Don’t forget to protect your skin from the sun!
• Water (in case you get thirsty).
• A first aid kit.
• Garbage bags and recycle bags.
What to Look For
• Plastic Bottles
• Food Wrappers
• Plastic Bottle Caps
• Paper Materials
• Plastic Bags
• Straws and Stirrers
• Foam Material
• Beverage Cans