Long Island’s South Shore faces it. Fire Island sits in it. We swim, waterski and fish in it. And, unfortunately, we pollute it.
It’s the Atlantic Ocean, and while Long Islanders aren’t the worst polluters up and down the East Coast, we contribute our share. Bottom line: let’s stop doing it.
Actually, it’s not difficult to do your part. All you have to do – simply – is take home whatever you brought to the beach. Fast-food packaging, cups and lids, bottles and cans, straws, and plastic eating utensils are the things that most find their way into the ocean – but there’s no reason that has to be so. You brought burgers, tacos, chicken wings, fries and dessert in your beach bag; also bring a plastic bag and jam your trash into it to dispose of when you get home. Empty bottles of water, lemonade and Bud Light should go back into the cooler you brought them in, and recycled when you get home. Not too difficult, right?
According to The Hill, a Washington, D.C publication, the somewhat good news for America is that almost all of the ocean’s trash comes from other sources, which have been identified as 10 rivers in Africa and Asia. Just one percent of the mismanaged trash in the ocean can be traced back to the United States. All in all though, researchers say that about 1,000 rivers worldwide empty junk into our oceans. (The Delaware River is the biggest polluter in the U.S.)
Plastic contaminants such as food containers and wrappers, single-use bags and plastic bottles are the most widespread pollutants of the seas, making up almost half of human-made waste.
“It was shocking to find out that bags, bottles, food containers and cutlery, together with wrappers, account for almost half of the human-made objects on a global scale,” researcher Dr. Carmen Morales of the University of Cadiz, Spain told England’s BBC. “We found them in rivers, on the deep seabed, on shorelines and floating off our coasts.”
But there are glimmers of hope all around the globe. For instance, in Scotland a college engineering student has designed an award-winning water surface waste cleaner. The project, named “The Design and Development of a Waste Removal Robot for Marine Waters and Rivers,” features a robot scooper-upper. Okay, it’s a small beginning, but it goes to show that the global citizenry is taking ocean pollution seriously.
Long Island-based Scrap-It! Junk Removal and Recycling Services takes ocean pollution seriously too. That’s why we encourage all beach-goers to bring home what they’ve brought to the beach. As we said above, all it takes is putting your waste back in the container you brought it in, then trash or recycle it.
That’s where Scrap-It! comes in. We’ll come to your home and take away all your junk, not just what you’ve brought home from the beach, but anything else you want to get rid of. Call or text Scrap-It! at 631-825-9898, for a free quote and to schedule an appointment.
And remember, the ocean belongs to us.