Hosted by Otherside Boardsports and Tarte Cosmetics Sea the Change Shore Clean Up in the Florida Keys was a big success.
We cleaned the area known as Indian Key Fill, which is the series of bridges and land that was 'filled in' to connect Upper Matecumbe and Lower Matecumbe, Islamorada. We spread out to both sides of the highway, pulling trash from the bay and ocean.
The wind was about 25 knots so most people stuck to land based cleaning, however we did have a handful of kayakers that were able to get in the water and reach areas we weren't able to from land.
We collected trash and recyclables separately. There was some hurricane debris, we found parts of screened porches, outdoor sheds, etc. But it seems like most of the trash was straight liter. Lots and Lots of rope that was super tangled up in the trees. We brought our dump trailer for the trash and we filled it so quickly that we had to leave and dump it mid way through the clean up!
You can see the time stamp on this picture, so much recycling in the first 30 min of the day! The recycling was all piled in the back of our pickup and filled to the brim. We took it to the recycling center in Long Key on Monday. So in total we picked up two dump trailers of trash and 1 overflowing truck of recyclables including glass, aluminum and plastic.
Shana Walsh is the owner of Otherside Boardsports and helped coordinate this amazing effort.