Sunday 29th July 2012

Beach: Whale bay, Raglan

Tide: Directly on low tide

Weather: A storm was about to hit; wind was increasing & rain was starting, so not too nice!

 Today’s Catch:

  • 1 Flip-Flop
  • 1 Childs sports shoe
  • 1 paper McDonalds bag (found on path to beach, but probably would end up on the beach anyway)
  • 10 pieces of fishing rope, various sizes & lengths
  • 1 piece of wetsuit neoprene
  • 3 pieces of miscellaneous material
  • 1 large plastic bag
  • 3 pieces of carrier bag plastic
  • 3 pieces of tape
  • 2 large lumps of burnt & melted plastic
  • 2 clothes pegs
  • 1 drinks straw
  • 2 lolly-pop sticks
  • Part of a lighter
  • 3 shotgun shells
  • 2 pieces of pallet ties
  • 2 parts of a pen
  • Bit of fibreglass – probably from a boat
  • 2 Large piece of black plastic, one with screws in (maybe from car /boat)
  • 21 bottle tops
  • 2 pieces of piping
  • 6 large pieces of miscellaneous plastic
  • 91 small pieces of miscellaneous plastic
  • 3 pieces of foam / polystyrene
  • I piece of glass

Beach status now: Clean –ish; I managed to pick up what I could find but the wind had picked up a lot by the end, which made it difficult to see anymore plastic. I do feel like the beach is cleaner than when I first started Today’s Catch, obviously there is still a lot to pick up, but when I leave the beach it looks clean, which makes me happy!

Amount recycled: 70% – all PET (1), PE-HD (2) and PP (5)

Amount re-used: The Clothes pegs  went onto my washing line.

Amount to landfill: a small plastic bag of un-recyclable bits; including shoes and polystyrene.

Still trying to find a use of rope I find – any ideas?

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Thursday 19th July 2012

Tide: Mid to high – rising tide

Beach: Whale bay, Raglan

Weather: Beautiful sunny wintery morning, Surf was good so lots of surfers around.

Today’s Catch:

  • 6 Parts of /  or whole shoes
  • 2 clothes pegs
  • 3 drinks straws
  • 3 lolly-pop sticks
  • 1 pen lid
  • 1 Drum tobacco wrapper
  • 1 syringe (don’t worry no needle!)
  • 9 bits of blue pallet ties
  • Bit of wrapper from a coca-cola bottle
  • 5 bits of sweet / chocolate wrappers
  • 6 bits of plastic wrapping
  • 5 bits of shot-gun pellets
  • 4 fishing floats
  • 9 bits of fishing wire & rope
  • 8 bits of miscellaneous material
  • 4 plastic bottles (all with lids attached)
  • 31 bottle tops
  • 2 Juice carton lids
  • 5 plastic/foil milk tops
  • 22 bits of foam & polystyrene
  • I surfboard leash ankle strap
  • 3 its of foam fro a surfboard deck pad
  • 1 bit of surfboard foam
  • 1 black plastic tube
  • 150 small pieces of miscellaneous plastic
  • 8 large pieces of miscellaneous plastic

Beach status now: RELATIVELY CLEAN!! I don’t know if it was the swell /tide but the beach actually looked clean when I left, I really hope it is my work making a difference!

Amount recycled: 80% – all PET (1), PE-HD (2) and PP (5)

Amount re-used: Surfboard leash ankle strap (Velcro goes into my sewing stuff, hopefully will make something useful!), 2 clothes pegs go on the washing line!

Amount to landfill: un-recyclable parts of shoes, foam and polystyrene.

Thursday 12th July 2012

Beach: Whale Bay, Raglan

Tide: Low

Today’s Catch:

  • 87 Bottle caps (37 from the coca-cola company!)
  • 5 plastic tabs from milk bottles
  • 3 Large bundles of plastic bag ends
  • 4 miscellaneous bits of clear plastic
  • 3 Bic lighters
  • 11 pieces from shotgun shells
  • 10 floats from fishing nets
  • 3 miscellaneous pieces of synthetic material
  • 8 whole or pieces of glow sticks
  • 1 plastic fork
  • 1 large hair scrunchy
  • 1 toothbrush
  • 4 clothes pegs
  • Part of a surfboard leash
  • 2 combs
  • 2 pens
  • 1 pen lid
  • 1 plastic wine bottle cork
  • 1 coat toggle
  • 3 lollypop sticks
  • 2 plastic screws
  • 1 clip from diving fins
  • 1 bit of duck tape
  • 1 plastic knife handle
  • Packet of 4 Paracetamol
  • Carrier bag full of fishing rope & wire
  • 2 flip-flops
  • 1 beach shoe
  • 1 Frisbee
  • 22 pieces of polystyrene / foam
  • 6 large pieces of tubing
  • 2 pieces of caps
  • 5 pieces of blue pallet ties
  • Part of a Nutella lid
  • 286 miscellaneous small pieces of plastic
  • 59 miscellaneous large pieces of plastic
  • I Heineken bottle
  • 2 pieces of tin can

Beach state now: Still lots of plastic, had to abort because had to go to work!

Amount recycled: 70% – all PET (1), PE-HD (2) and PP (5)

Amount re-used: Surfboard leash Velcro went into sewing box, clothes pegs onto washing line, and fishing floats are waiting for me to find a use for them.

Amount to landfill: a small plastic bag of un-recyclable bits.

Still trying to find a use of rope I find – any ideas?

Monday 2nd July

Where: Whale bay – Manu bay, Raglan

Tide: Low

Today’s Catch:

  • 1 Large white plastic Sack
  • 7 pieces of miscellaneous man-made fabric
  • 13 Large pieces of miscellaneous material
  • 2 Large parts of a bucket
  • 1 bucket handle
  • 1 Mitsubishi Wheel hub
  • 1 rubber glove
  • 1 fishing net float
  • 3 plastic bottles
  • 1 part of a plastic bottle
  • 12 bottle caps
  • 5 piece of blue pallet tie
  • 1 part of a dive fin
  • 1 Tupperware lid
  • 1 plastic ball
  • 1 tic-tack box
  • 1 biro pen
  • 1 cap adjustable  strap
  • 1 surfboard nose
  • 1 piece of surfboard foam
  • 2 pieces of surfboard tail pad
  • 2 Surfboard fins (one was actually a fin Duncan had lost 6months ago in that area, and was very pleased to find it!)
  • 5 small pieces of miscellaneous plastic
  • 3 pieces of polystyrene
  • 10 parts of, or whole shoes
  • 1 bundle of plastic carrier bags
  • 2 whole plastic bags
  • 1m length of yellow plastic
  • A whole carrier bag full up of fishing wire
  • 18 large pieces of rope (some metres long)
  • Part of fishing net
  • Large plastic lid of an oil drum
  • Piece of newspaper
  • 2 aluminium drinks cans (7up & Ranfruly beer)
  • 3 receipts (1 Pizza hut receipt from 4 days ago in Mount Maunganui (about 150Km away), 1 Countdown supermarket receipt from Paihia (almost 400km) and on for parking in Auckland (also 150km away)
  • 1 metal BBQ grid

Beach status after: Still plenty of plastic, despite Duncan & I carrying as much as we can & filling up 2 carrier bags!

Saturday 30th June

Beach: Whale bay, Raglan

Tide: mid

Today’s Catch:

  • 7 pieces of rope
  • 1 large piece of a Japanese buoy
  • 1 ‘powerbuilt’ screwdriver
  • Piece of a large syringe
  • 1 glow stick (can only imagine where the toxic chemicals ended up!)
  • 1 pen lid
  • 2 bundles of plastic bags
  • 1 inhaler casing
  • 1 coat toggle
  • 1 ball of black tape
  • 1 hat
  • 1 clothes peg
  • 17 bottle tops
  • 2 pieces of plastic netting
  • 65 small pieces of miscellaneous plastic
  • 1 large piece of miscellaneous plastic
  • 1 large piece of plastic create
  • 2 burnt pieces of miscellaneous plastic
  • 2 pieces of polystyrene
  • 1 piece of aluminium

Beach status now: Still covered in plastic ….I don’t have enough hands for it!!

Wednesday 28th June 2012

Beach: Ngarunui Beach, Raglan

Tide: Mid

Today’s Catch:

  • 1 milk bottle
  • 1 large piece of rubber
  • 25 bottle tops
  • 12 pieces of rope
  • 9 pieces of pallet ties
  • 2 lighters (both Bic)
  • 1 comb
  • 1 pen
  • 1 lolly pop stick
  • I piece of wire
  • 1 cotton reel
  • 1 balloon on string
  • 1 cereal bar wrapper
  • 1 sweet wrapper
  • 1 piece of aWaikatobeer can
  • Handle & sieve from a mop bucket
  • Piece of guttering
  • Large bit of rail from a surfboard
  • Plastic fencing
  • Zip-top bag
  • 1 plug
  • 51 small pieces of miscellaneous plastic
  • 18 large pieces of miscellaneous plastic
  • ‘milk chocolate peanuts’ tub & lid
  • 1 lump of a miscellaneous burnt substance (can see plastic, wood & metal in it!)
  • 1 piece of plastic coated wood

Beach status now: The wind was insane (bordering on sandstorm) so I think a lot of the plastic pieces were covered up.

Saturday 24th June 2012

Beach: Whale bay

Tide: low

  •  2 flip-flops
  • 1 sandal
  • 1 converse type shoe
  • 1 large boat shoe
  • 1 Tupperware lid
  • Part of plastic plate
  • Wetsuit neoprene
  • 2 lolly-pop sticks
  • 1 chocolate bar wrapper
  • 1 dice
  • 1 hair-band
  • Part of a cap
  • Piece of plastic tubing
  • 3 lighters
  • 16 bottle lids
  • 16 pieces of polystyrene
  • 2 pieces of rope
  • A Lump of foam
  • Large piece of tarpaulin
  • 87 miscellaneous small piece of plastic
  • 8 Large pieces of miscellaneous plastic

Beach status now: Filthy – had to abort because hands & pockets ful

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