At least 200 volunteers gathered along the Long Beach Peninsula to clean up after Fourth of July partying and fireworks
An overflowing dumpster stationed at the Bolstad beach approach was one of seven that volunteers filled up and down the peninsula. Kevin Stumper of Woodland said it’s his first time watching fireworks at Long Beach and the first time he’s participated in the beach cleanup, but he’ll be back again “for sure!”
Clusters of volunteers spread out from the Bolstad beach approach in Long Beach to pick up fireworks debris and plastics washed ashore or left by partiers the last few days. Shelly Pollock of the clean-up sponsor, GrassRoots Garbage Gang, said there were more than 200 volunteers registered at Bolstad by noon. The goal is to reach 1,000 volunteers for all seven beach approaches, she said. Their highest total to date has been 750 people. There were volunteers from Woodland, Port Townsend and Tacoma.
Pollock expected all seven dumpsters will be full, mostly with fireworks debris and plastics. “There’s a lot of plastics,” she said. “And plastics never go away.”
This is the 11th year the group has organized volunteer clean ups in January, April and July, Pollock said. After the cleanup, she said volunteers would gather for a soup feed.
Peter Coleman-Doyle of Tacoma said his family and “a bunch of neighborhood kids” come down several times a year for the cleanups. He thinks this was their seventh time filling the back of his pickup truck with bags of garbage.