Presentation on theme: "San Diego County Beach Cleanup Data Report 2012 San Diego Coastkeeper and the Surfrider Foundation San Diego Chapter conduct twice-monthly beach cleanups."— Presentation transcript:
San Diego County Beach Cleanup Data Report 2012 San Diego Coastkeeper and the Surfrider Foundation San Diego Chapter conduct twice-monthly beach cleanups throughout the county to address the issue of trash in our oceans and on our beaches. Along with special cleanup events led by both organizations, volunteers have helped remove over 43,000 pounds of trash from our beaches and waterways since 2007. Most Trash per Volunteer Effort YearName of Beachlbs/vol 2007Ocean Beach- Sunset Cliffs4.39 2008Oceanside-Buccaneer Beach5.8 2009Ocean Beach- Sunset Cliffs6.06 2010Pacific Beach- Tourmaline4.97 2011Ocean Beach Pier3.57 2012Mission Beach3.8 4,308 volunteers removed 7,594 pounds of trash in 2012. This was our second highest volunteer turn out to date. The effort of each volunteer resulted in roughly 1.72 pounds being removed from the marine environment. In years previous, each volunteer removed 0.60 pounds. While the incredible increase in volunteerism is to be applauded, the increase in collected debris is still troubling. For three years, the most trash per volunteer was collected at Ocean Beach. This year, Ocean Beach became one of the cleaner beaches, with just 0.73 pounds collected per volunteers. Mission Beach topped the list for 2012, with each volunteer collecting approximately 3.8 pounds of the 941 pounds collected in total.
32% of collected debris was plastic. While we collected less plastic on our beaches this year than 2011, may of the plastics found in 2012 were less than an inch in diameter. The slow decline in single-use plastics found indicates proper disposal and increased awareness. 80,000 more items of debris were collected than in 2011. The weight of debris is not quite as telling as the number of items removed. Most of the collected debris in 2012 were small plastics, Styrofoam, and cigarette butts. Although they don’t weigh a lot, there presence is a serious threat to our waterways. Cigarette butts topped the list in 2012. Volunteers collected an all-time high of cigarette butts, topping 2011 by nearly 20,000. Nearly every cleanup event recoded 100 or more, making cigarette butts one of the most prevalent debris issues throughout San Diego County’s beaches. Plastic bags continue to be one of the less common items. Although only 3% of debris were plastic bags, there will still over 7,500 collected. Limiting use of plastic bags should continue to be encouraged. Recycling could help limit the presence of marine debris. Over 53,000 items debris found was made of recyclable material. Increased recycling by individuals could help remove over 30% of marine debris in San Diego. Items of concern Our top three items of concern continue to be plastic food wrappers, cigarettes, and Styrofoam. While the decrease in Styrofoam is promising, cigarette butts have become an undeniable issue for our beaches. Items of concern Our top three items of concern continue to be plastic food wrappers, cigarettes, and Styrofoam. While the decrease in Styrofoam is promising, cigarette butts have become an undeniable issue for our beaches. Volunteers collected 181,776 items of debris in 2012.