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Louisiana's statewide beach cleanup

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Abstract

Litter along Lousiana's beaches has become a well-recognized problem. In September 1987, Louisiana's first statewide beach cleanup attracted about 3300 volunteers who filled 16,000 bags with trash collected along 15 beaches. An estimated 800,173 items were gathered. Forty percent of the items were made of plastic and 11% were of polystyrene. Of all the litter collected, 37% was beverage-related. Litter from the oil and gas, commercial fishing, and maritime shipping industries was found, as well as that left by recreational users. Although beach cleanups temporarily rid Louisiana beaches of litter, the real value of the effort is in public participation and education. Civic groups, school children, and individuals have benefited by increasing their awareness of the problems of trash disposal.

Additional Publication Details

Publication type:
Conference Paper
Publication Subtype:
Conference Paper
Title:
Louisiana's statewide beach cleanup
Volume
1
Issue:
pt1
Year Published:
1989
Language:
English
Publisher:
Publ by ASCE
Publisher location:
New York, NY, United States
Larger Work Title:
Coastal Zone: Proceedings of the Symposium on Coastal and Ocean Management
First page:
915
Last page:
924
Number of Pages:
10
Conference Title:
Coastal Zone '89: Proceedings of the Sixth Symposium on Costal and Ocean Management
Conference Location:
Charleston, SC, USA
Conference Date:
11 July 1989 through 14 July 1989