Bags Filling Up

Bags Filling Up: Volunteers at the Roads End Beach Cleanup get ready to head to the beach to pickup trash left from 4th of July celebrations in Roads End.

Each year thousands of Oregonians go to the coast to celebrate the Fourth of July.

Celebrations often include disposable cups and cutlery and the tiny pieces of plastic incorporated in fireworks. Unfortunately, many of these items are left behind and become litter once the Fourth of July celebrations are over.

Volunteers are needed to pick up litter that is left behind to minimize the damage it causes to the environment and ocean.

SOLVE partners and volunteers will work together to clean up after Fourth of July celebrations at several locations along the coast, including Roads End Beach in North Lincoln City.

Every July 4 visitors come to Roads End to enjoy the beautiful beach. They also leave behind hundreds of pounds of debris and trash.

You can make a difference in our community and the environment by joining the Roads End Improvement Association and other volunteers at the Fourth Annual July 5th Beach Cleanup. Last year 64 volunteers of all ages collected 854 pounds of beach trash, with the help of the Lincoln City Police and Oregon State Parks staff.

The cleanup will take place from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Friday, July 5. Come to the Roads End State Park on Logan Road to register, pick up bags and enjoy some tasty refreshments. Free commemorative button to all volunteers.

To make this event more sustainable, volunteers are encouraged to bring a bucket or reusable bag to collect litter in, as well as a pair of reusable gloves. Supplies will be provided for those who do not have their own.

The most common litter found is cigarette butts and tiny pieces of plastic, so bringing a colander to sift through sand is often useful. Come wearing closed toed shoes and be ready for the coast’s unpredictable weather. Bring a filled reusable water bottle and snacks.

SOLVE is a statewide non-profit organization on its 50th year of bringing Oregonians together to improve our environment and build a legacy of stewardship. Since 1969, the organization has grown from a small, grassroots group to a national model for volunteer action. Today, SOLVE supports hundreds of volunteer events across Oregon to clean and restore our neighborhoods and natural areas, and to build a legacy of stewardship for our state.

Visit solveoregon.org for more information.

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