Hundreds of volunteers gather for 6th Annual Sandy Beach Cleanup
HONOLULU — RevoluSun, Hawaii’s leading provider of solar and smart home technology, and Surfrider Foundation’s Oahu Chapter cleaned up more than 500 pounds of trash at Sandy Beach on Saturday, July 11.
This is the sixth consecutive year that RevoluSun partnered with Surfrider to host the Sandy Beach cleanup at the onset of the summer season. In total, the event has collected approximately 5,400 pounds of trash.
“Community partners and sponsors like our friends at RevoluSun provide the backing for each beach cleanup Surfrider Oahu does,” said Rafael Bergstrom, Surfrider’s Oahu Chapter Coordinator. “These relationships allow us to create a better experience for our volunteers by rewarding them with lunches, prize giveaways, and gifts that remind them of the collaborative work that they were a part of. Additionally, bringing in different audiences and networks allows the mission of Surfrider to spread to new communities and make a difference through a larger island network. RevoluSun continues to be one of our most supportive sponsors and we cherish the relationship that we continue to grow with them.”
For two hours on Saturday, hundreds of volunteers combed the beach removing cigarette butts, bottle caps and drink cans/bottles and single-use food containers. They also collected plastic bags, polystyrene from packaging, fishing nets/rope, batteries, drug paraphernalia, condoms, and many other items. RevoluSun and Surfrider brought their mobile sand-sifter, which is designed to clean sand by pulling out micro-plastics and cigarette butts that are inundating Hawaii beaches. This debris kills more than 100,000 mammals and one million birds every year.
“At Sandy Beach we have significant issues with pallet bonfire pits,” said Mary Finley, Surfrider’s Beach Cleanup Coordinator. “This stretch of beach is prime resting territory for our endangered Monk Seals, so when they come ashore to rest and the place is covered in burnt wood and hundreds of pounds of rusty nails and staples, it becomes an unsafe area for them.” A crew from 808cleanups brought magnets to help locate nails along the side of the beach littered with old fire pits.
All volunteers were rewarded with a free lunch hosted by RevoluSun. The first 140 people who signed up received a commemorative T-shirt. “Once again we had an amazing turnout and on behalf of RevoluSun we want to thank all the volunteers for spending their Saturday with us,” said Chief Innovation Officer, Eric Carlson. “These cleanups are a time for us to build awareness about keeping our precious resources clean by recycling and throwing trash in the garbage bin and not on the ground or out the window. We always look forward to partnering with Surfrider Oahu and are proud of the work they have accomplished this year.”