On Saturday, September 20, members of the Vineyard community, young and older, joined with hundreds of thousands of volunteers at 5,583 locations around the world for the 29th annual Ocean Conservancy’s International Coastal Cleanup. It is the world’s largest single day volunteer effort to clean up beaches, lakes and rivers, according to a press release.
The Vineyard cleanup took place on the Vineyard Haven Harbor and was organized by MVYLI youth leader Katrina Lakis, in partnership with MVRHS Environmental Club. Every piece of trash was tracked and will be included in the annual index of global marine debris. Owen Park had the most trash. There were 4,579 pieces of trash collected. The top three items: 3,344 cigarette butts, 221 small plastic pieces, 205 food wrappers. Prizes were given for the most cigarette buts, and for an empty Crystal Head Vodka container.