Alki Beach cleanup success – and what wasn’t debris after all

June 16, 2014 at 9:46 pm | In Environment, West Seattle news | 9 Comments

From David Hutchinson on behalf of Seal Sitters, a photo and update following this past Saturday’s community cleanup at Alki:

Saturday was a great success. This year’s event was co-sponsored by PAWS Wildlife Center and the Alki Community Council. Over 70 people turned out, and after a brief talk about the dangers of marine debris, they fanned out along the beach and street. Cleaning supplies were provided by Seattle Parks & Recreation. We want to thank everyone who participated in this worthwhile community effort.

For the complete story and to see what looks like trash, but is indeed part of the marine ecosystem, read our blog post here.

9 Comments

  1. We as humans need to get it together and start giving a crap about our communities. This amount of trash is asinine , people need to stop being slobs. Is this how you leave your house too? Is anyone else embarrassed about our beaches looking like this?

    Comment by alki resident — 11:17 pm June 16, 2014 #

  2. alki resident, you assume people care about anything. That amount of trash is nothing compared to what you’ll see being picked up this summer by the parks dept. A couple years back I walked my dog along Alki at 7AM on a Saturday. The night before was a hot day and tons of people at Alki were enjoying themselves. They left chairs, coolers, BBQ’s and much more. It was sad. The parks dept truck was packed full and they had only started picking up the trash from the night before.
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    I think what would help is if SPD had a greater presence along Alki, especially on the nights when a lot of people are there. We also need more trash can/bins for people to throw away trash and make it crazy convenient for them to use them. People are inherently lazy.
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    I appreciate the community effort to get out and clean up. We won’t end it, but we can help it.

    Comment by Mike — 4:56 am June 17, 2014 #

  3. Im well aware of the summer trash down there. I guess I was raised differently from some of these beach goers.

    Comment by alki resident — 6:53 am June 17, 2014 #

  4. Humans are the worst species to ever live on this planet. Give us a couple more centuries and we’ll see the entire planet dead.

    Go humans!….we’re #1.

    Comment by Cowpie — 8:05 am June 17, 2014 #

  5. Way to go people! A great effort by everyone who turned out-over 70 people! Yes, it’s sad that we have to clean up after others. Most people are responsible and want to keep things clean and safe but we do what is needed and use this as a great way to teach kids about being good stewards of our beaches and oceans!

    Comment by JO — 9:17 am June 17, 2014 #

  6. Related topic:

    http://www.policymic.com/articles/91279/japan-fans-did-what-no-other-soccer-fans-would-after-their-world-cup-team-lost

    Comment by Elizagrace — 10:09 am June 17, 2014 #

  7. Elizagrace enough with the World Cup, thanks.

    You should see all the trash up here in high point! Soda bottles, condoms, Chip bags, and I could go on and on!!!

    Comment by Dizhonna — 12:34 pm June 17, 2014 #

  8. Elizagrace, that’s awesome. We need to take on that approach to our events and every day lives. I’m of the mindset of pack it in, pack it out. Leave it better than when you arrived.

    Comment by Mike — 8:42 pm June 17, 2014 #

  9. That’s great! Thank you!!!!

    Comment by heather — 12:48 pm June 18, 2014 #

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