The first official Up To Earth Volunteer cleanup event at Joyce Island was on July 5th, 2015. Everything went smoothly and we got a lot accomplished as well as some new insights about how we can make a bigger impact looking into the future.
Here’s the stats..
Volunteers: 9 people (including us)
Total Volunteer Hours: 47 hrs.
Area Covered: Approximately 28 Acres (One Million Square Feet!)
We picked up:
* 1 Tent
* 1 Matress
* 1 Lawn Chair
* 1 Pesticide Container
* 3 Very Large Pieces of Styrofoam
Plus 16 Large Trash Bags sorted into:
* 100 lbs. of Landfill Waste
* 2 30 Gallon tubs of Recyclable Plastic
* 1 30 Gallon tub of Dirty or Nonrecyclable Plastic
* 1 30 Gallon tub of Polystyrene and Foam (Non-recyclable)
* 1 Partial tub of Scrap Metal
* 1 Partial tub of Refundable Cans and Bottles
* 1 Partial tub of Hazardous Materials (Aerosol Cans, Chemical Containers, etc)
* 1 Partial tub of Broken Glass
* 1 Whole Turtle Shell
* 9 Lighters
* 1 Baseball
* 1 Golfball
* 1 Antique Pabst Can
* 1 Partial Hannah Montana Jump Rope
Things that were very common:
* Plastic and Glass Bottles
* Aluminum Cans
* Plastic Bags
-Polar Ice cups
-Broken Styrofoam pieces
* Broken Glass
* Snack food wrappers (Chips, Candy, etc.)
* Fast food packaging (Cups, Wrappers, Bags)
* Cigarette Butts
* Clothing (Shoes, Socks, Shirts, Pants, Coats)
* Fishing goods (Poles, Lures, Line, Bobbers, Bait Containers)
We got a lot accomplished with only 9 people total throughout the day. Our next event is Saturday, July 11th and we’ve decided to just focus on Joyce Island for the next cleanup or two. Please let me know if you can attend for an hour or more, and RSVP to the Facebook event if you care to. https://www.facebook.com/events/1440256462965730/
Big thanks to everyone who showed up to help or helped by donating items or money for supplies! We couldn’t do it without you.
Myself and Kimberly
Brian J. Strunk
Living Lands & Waters
Hy-Vee, Clinton, IA
Howard’s Tap, Albany, IL
Dan Breidenstein at Living Lands & Waters
Officer Ben Huizenga for lending a hand and supporting our cause.
The kid who pulled out 2 bags of garbage for us on his own time.
Other people who stopped to thank us or showed interest in becoming involved.