On Friday June 27, A Rocha Kenya teamed up with guests from the Minnesota Zoo, local primary schools, and several local homeowners and businesses to do a beach cleanup in the Watamu area. Lasting from 8am until noon, this cleanup stretched over 10km, covering Watamu and Temple point, and collected 3205 kg of trash! Most of the garbage was plastic, and was crushed in the Turtle Bay Beach Club plastic crusher at the end of the day. Amazingly, in our section of the beach, the vast majority of the waste collected was lost/damaged sandals and flip flops!
Many thanks to the A Rocha staff, volunteers and guests from the Minnesota Zoo who put in a lot of hard work!
We are glad to have our beach looking nicer again, but sad at the mentality that causes this kind of trash buildup. Plastic takes decades to biodegrade, and having so much of it around causes a lot of problems for all the wildlife in the area, especially for the sea turtles who mistake plastic bags for jellyfish. We all need to work together to steward our resources and our garbage properly.