Nice beach, Nice boat, Not so nice trash

Malapascua Island Beach Clean with People and the Sea

Length of beach covered ~ 200m

Sacks collected – 17

Volunteers – 50 from the elementary school in the main village.

Wow so many sacks of plastic removed by these trash warriors
Wow so many sacks of plastic removed by these trash warriors

Main items collected – I was surprised at how many plastic bottles I found on Malapascua, more than anywhere else I have cleaned. As an island removed from municipal waste services and recycling the island is struggling with waste.

Big challenges.
Big challenges.

Beach clean report.

These kids cleaned faster than any university students I’d been on the beaches with. It was inspiring to see how they got stuck in. This clean up was following a presentation I did in the classroom. It was the afternoon, the kids were bored because People and the Sea had already shared a lot of the information with them about the dangers of marine plastic. Okay its not great that kids were bored, but it is great that they were already aware of the dangers of plastic pollution because of the work People and the Sea are doing there. Awareness + love of the environment = action to protect.

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The team behind People and the Sea an amazing NGO operating out of Malapascua Island
The team behind People and the Sea an amazing NGO operating out of Malapascua Island

The other beaches around Malapascua

When I was in Malapascua I took a tour of the island on my bambike.  The habagat winds were still blowing and trash lined the western side of the island whereas on the eastern side things weren’t so bad. This shows that the wind has a big impact on plastic distribution, and I now know that from hearing countless post typhoon clean up stories where a whole lot of trash from the ocean lands on the beach following the storm. The hard thing about ocean plastic is that it is often redistributed from areas that can handle it, to areas that absolutely can’t, like Midway Island, the Marshall Islands, the Great Pacific Garbage patch, and in this case Malapascua Island. I took a video as this was one of the worst beaches for plastic waste that I saw the whole trip, that’s on our FB page. But here are some images below.

Some photos of the challenges for Malapascua when ocean plastic is deposited in an island disconnected from municipal waste management systems.
Some photos of the challenges for Malapascua when ocean plastic is deposited in an island disconnected from municipal waste management systems.
Big challenges.
Big challenges.
Huge challenges
Huge challenges

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Up close. Straws. Grr.
Up close. Straws. Grr.
These bands of trash and natural material show the plastic came in from the ocean moved by the currents and the wind until finding a resting place on this beach. I can see this because it is mixed with other natural material that floats like bamboo and driftwood.
These bands of trash and natural material show the plastic came in from the ocean moved by the currents and the wind until finding a resting place on this beach. I can see this because it is mixed with other natural material that floats like bamboo and driftwood.
Nice beach, Nice boat, Not so nice trash
Nice beach, Nice boat, Not so nice trash
On a positive note. Leaving the island with 17 sacks of, not rice, trash!
On a positive note. Leaving the island with 17 sacks of, not rice, trash!

 

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