Rainy Day Litter Clean Ups!

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Our interns were adamant that they wanted to spend their rainy day after-school meeting cleaning up the shoreline. After learning about the drainage system in Oakland, the urgency to collect litter and stop it from entering the Bay was of high importance.

Interns collected over 1,000 pieces of litter in a short amount of time. Majority of the litter collected was plastic and styrofoam. The student group expressed feeling frustrated by the amount of trash that was along the shoreline. A lot of it was outside of their reach. While they did their part cleaning up, they engaged in lots of conversations of what else could be done.

Students suggested bringing out a machine to scoop out the vast amounts of trash, but they re-evaluated that idea acknowledging that that would mean putting a lot of organics in the landfill and potentially destroying the ecosystem for critters. The conversations continued with all individuals bouncing ideas back and forth.

While it was disappointing to clean up so much trash and still leave a lot behind, the conversations and passion left the group hopeful and motivated.


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