How big? Our top-ranking group picked up more than 19 lbs. of trash and recycling combined. Together, we collected a little more than 100 lbs. in less than an hour! Suspended in disbelief about this amount of garbage on such a small beach, our volunteers applauded themselves and shared stories about the strangest items found before heading back to Shedd for pizza.
This sweep’s official “weirdest find”? It was a toss-up between a grill grate and a glittering arc of a giant hula-hoop.
See on August 21 for our monthly public sweep at 12th St!
—Reid Bogert, Great Lakes and sustainability