EUGENE, Ore. — SOLVE’s annual Spring Beach Cleanup is happening Saturday. It draws thousands of people every year, working together to protect the health of our oceans and coastlines.
Tons of trash that should be in the dumpster litters our beaches. It not only affects wildlife and the environment, but also the economy.
That’s why every year for three decades, thousands of people scour the beaches and clean the entire Oregon coastline of litter. Last year, more than 4,100 volunteers cleaned up an estimated 55,000 pounds of debris, including 63 tires.
This year, there are 45 cleanup sites from Brookings to Astoria. A team of 15 people from Eugene’s Altair Ski and Sports Club will be headed to the Siuslaw outlet.
“We believe it’s important to make a difference. We’re a recreational club that is actively involved in the community. This way we can have fun and make a difference in the environment at the same time,” says Sandi Sanders with the Altair Ski and Sports Club.
For the third year in a row, Japanese organizations from Oregon will join the cleanup effort for debris from the 2011 Japan tsunami. Since the first coast-wide Oregon beach cleanup 30 years ago, more than 220,000 volunteers removed an estimated 2.8 million pounds of debris from the coast.
Bags and gloves will be provided at the site. The cleanup is Saturday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.