Privateer Homeowners Clear Incoming Plastic Debris

On a remote, hard-to-access, seldom-visited section of beach on St. John's east end, a group of Privateer Bay homeowners spent Oct. 1 gathering up and hauling away 250 pounds and 350 gallons of washed-up debris in seven 55-gallon trash bags.

Plastic bottles and caps dominated the haul, which was whisked away in an electric ATV (operated by PFI's own Doug White). A large amount of marine debris, including a refrigerator, was also recovered and removed from this particular stretch of coastline.

As St. John residents and visitors increase their focus on reducing single-use plastics, the scourge of plastic debris arriving on our local shores from elsewhere remains a daunting challenge.

It's why carrying the message of disposable plastic impacts far and wide is so essential. As Rebecca Prince-Ruiz, founder of Plastic Free July, wrote: "The volume of plastic production, the ubiquitous nature of disposable plastic and the habits of modern consumerism mean that the problem is larger than any one organisation or stakeholder."

For more, check out vital info from Plastic Pollution Coalition.