On Saturday, more than 4,080 volunteers helped clear the Oregon coast of trash at the annual SOLVE Spring Oregon Beach Cleanup. An estimated 52,477 pounds of debris was removed and 60 tires were recovered.
"This event would not be possible without the dedicated Zone and Beach Captains that coordinate all of the check-in sites and facilitate the participation of thousands of volunteers," said Briana Goodwin, Program Coordinator for SOLVE. "The success of this event truly belongs to everyone that participated."
Washed Ashore took all of the debris from 7 check-in sites to turn into art at their Bandon facility. Due to their efforts, more than 7,500 pounds of debris were kept from landfills. "We are excited to be a part of this new endeavor to include debris from the entire Oregon Coast in our future educational exhibits," stated Melissa Berg, Workshop Coordinator for Washed Ashore. "This 'garbage' will be transformed into giant sculptures of sea creatures by community volunteers to raise awareness of the marine debris that threatens oceanic ecosystems"
SOLVE once again partnered with more than a dozen Japan related organizations with the help of the Japan-Related Organizations Coordinating group. In addition to bringing out 200 volunteers, the organizations also provided Japanese readers at 10 registration sites to determine the language of origin printed on debris.
"Having been part of both the recovery efforts in Japan just after the earthquake and tsunami, and now with SOLVE here on the Oregon coast, I can say there is a true bond between our two nations," said Brianna of the Japan Exchange and Teaching Alumni Association. "Not only am I proud of the compassion and collaboration shown by my fellow Oregonians as we seek to help the survivors in Japan overcome this terrible burden, but I am hopeful for our future. The lessons we have learned about the importance of disaster preparation and the incredible ties we have formed with our neighbors in their time of need....These things are irreplaceable."
The Spring Oregon Beach Cleanup is made possible by Coordinating Sponsors - Oregon Parks & Recreation Department and Local Coast Garbage and Recycling Haulers; Legacy Sponsor - Fred Meyer, Bank of America; Major Sponsors - The Standard, Regence BlueCross BlueShield; Media Sponsor - Clear Channel; Additional Support - City of Yachats, Ocean Conservancy.