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Hold On To Your Butt

Cigarette Litter Beach Cleanup Results

SATURDAY, APRIL 17th, 2004

Newport Beach Pier, Newport Beach
Balboa Blvd and 21st

April is Keep America Beautiful Month!

Time Collected: 1 hour (average)

Number of People: 172

Represented:
Americorps, Aliso Niguel High School, Corona Del Mar High School, CSUF, Estancia High School Key Club, Irvine High School, KIA, National Youth Service Day, Newport Harbor High School, Orange County Probation Department, Pacific Life, Starbucks, UCI, Woodbridge High School, individuals

Number of Cigarette Butts Collected: 13,000

Number of Trash bags Collected: 20

Notes: Many individuals showed up despite the heavy rain and cold wind.

Top Three Things Picked Up:

  1. Cigarette Butts
  2. Bags/Food Wrappers
  3. Styrofoam

After the Hold On To Your Butt Beach Clean up at Newport Beach Pier, students from Newport Harbor High School called a press conference on April 27th to voice their opinion about the smoke-free beaches issue.

ERF Youth Program Coordinator, Ananya Mullane, handing out gloves and explaining how to pick up trash to the young volunteers.
Ruth Hwang handing out gloves to participants.
Participants enjoying coffee (graciously donated by Starbucks) and bagels (donated by Brueggers Bagels) before heading out onto the beach.
Kids with Jim Walker and The Tobacco Truth Train.
Kids having fun in front of The Tobacco Truth Train.
Natalie Johnson, ERF Intern, handing out prizes to young participants.
Dennis Baker, ERF Board President, trying to keep dry.
ERF Intern Natalie Johnson.
ERF Intern Ruth Hwang sorting the trash.
Some of the bags of trash that we picked up!
Ananya Mullane looking very wet as she sorts the trash.
Steve Ambrosio of PacificLife and Ananya Mullane holding up lots of trash bags.

Items Collected:
Number of Data Cards Turned In: 6 (only 4 had amounts listed)
Bags/Food Wrappers 26 Balloons 9
Beverage Bottles 14 Beverage Cans 17
Caps, Lids 11 Clothing/Cloth 2
Fast Food Containers 13 Plastic Bags 14
Straws, Stirrers 16 Toys 4
Styrofoam 20 Light Bulbs/Tubes 1
Plastic Sheering/Tarps 2 Rope 3
Cigarette Butts 161 Cigarette Lighters 3
Condoms 2 Piece of carpet 1
Cigar Tips Strapping Bands
Diapers Pull Tabs
Bait Containers/Packaging Fishing Line/Lures/Nets
Oil/Lube Bottles  
Cups, Plates, Forks, Knives, Spoons 10
Tobacco Packaging/Wrappers 4

Comments From Data Cards:
McDonalds and other fast food packaging mostly.
Most peculiar item collected - carpet
Item picked up the most - cigarette butts

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