Volunteers Remove a Mountain of Trash from Little Tinicum Island in the Delaware River
Volunteer from Deloitte offices throughout the Delaware Valley pose along the Corinthian Yacht Club waterfront with Little Tinicum Island showing in the background.
(Essington, PA) - On Friday, June 8th Volunteers from Deloitte, the Pennsylvania Bureau of Forestry (DCNR), Tinicum Township, and Pennsylvania Sea Grant joined forces to collect and recycle 300 pounds of plastic and 3,000 pounds of trash from Little Tinicum Island in the Delaware River off the coast of Essington, Pennsylvania. Since 2014, this annual cleanup has recycled more than 5,380 pounds of plastics and 9,760 pounds of trash.
This and other events that took place on World Ocean Day removed plastic before breaking into smaller and smaller pieces as it travels downstream to become “nanoplastic.” Recent estimates of plastic waste released into the world’s oceans range from 10.6 to 28 billion pounds a year, an amount that would be like dumping a garbage truck of plastic into the water every minute.
As with other contaminants (like DDT and PCBs), plastic pollution can collect in organisms and sediments. As marine life feeds, plastic particles can accumulate in the food chain.
A recent Susquehanna University study of small mouth bass found that over 80 percent of the fish examined had nanoplastic in their guts – a cause for concern that needs more study. Fish, birds, turtles, and other wildlife can die from choking, intestinal blockage, and starvation when they eat or become entangled in discarded plastic.
What Can You Do to Prevent Plastic Pollution?
Plastic-free water begins with our daily decisions and actions. Set a good example and think before you reach for that disposable plastic water bottle, cup, container, bag, or straw.
Get in the habit of reducing plastic use:
- Reuse bags. Store a supply in your car at the ready for shopping.
- Reuse water bottles. A plastic water bottle can last 450 years! Reusable water bottles and home water filters can save money compared to buying bottled water.
- Avoid single-use plastic products. Ask restaurants for paper instead of plastic or styrofoam containers.
- Pick up litter and take part in community cleanups.
- Recycle and support curbside recycling programs in your neighborhood.
Staff from Tinicum Township (green shirts), Deloitte, and Sea Grant (far left) loaded trash and recyclables collected from Little Tinicum Island.
Many thanks to all who made Friday’s Little Tinicum Island clean-up so successful!