Trash picked up on coastal cleanup day

The Maui News

Volunteers helped pick up thousands of pieces of trash in a little over two hours at Poolenalena Beach on Saturday as part of International Coastal Cleanup Day.

The event, hosted by Hawaiian Paddle Sports and Hawaii Mermaid Adventures, drew more than 40 volunteers, including residents and visitors.

From 8:30 to 11 a.m., volunteers picked up a wide array of trash that included 525 cigarette butts, 252 metal bottle caps, 95 plastic bottle caps, 88 food wrappers, 51 pieces of construction material and 48 glass bottles. The haul of rubbish also included plastic and foam takeout containers, cups, plates, utensils, pieces of fishing gear, personal hygiene items and hundreds of pieces of trash measuring less than an inch — 554 plastic, 191 glass and 69 foam.

For the past 30 years, The Ocean Conservancy has hosted the worldwide International Coastal Cleanup event. In that time period, nearly 12 million volunteers have removed more than 220 million pounds of trash from waterways and beaches.

Maui’s International Coastal Cleanup event was supported by Malama Maui Nui, in conjunction with The Ocean Conservancy’s international cleanup efforts. On Saturday, Pau Mau Vodka, A Makebelieve Co. and Pele’s Pizza helped provide lunch and T-shirts.