More than 1,000 pieces of trash collected!
The Kennebunk Conservation Commission thanks everyone who helped out during our first ever beach cleanup at Gooch’s Beach and Mother’s Beach on September 23rd. The cleanup, done as part of Maine Coastweek, was more successful than we’d hoped. More than 20 people participated in the cleanup, including high school students, University of New England students, Southern Maine Planeteers, and residents who want to keep our beaches clean.
Not only did the volunteers pick up trash, but they kept track of what they collected. Because of that, we know that we collected more than 1,000 pieces of trash on the two beaches. This included more than 200 cigarette butts and more than 150 bottles, food containers, cups, plates and plastic silverware. An equal amount of trash came from the ocean: fishing nets and lines, pieces of rope and hundreds of pieces of lobster traps. Volunteers also found toys, clothes, balloons, shoes and more.
Thank you, beach cleanup volunteers, for your help in keeping our beaches and our ocean clean.