More than 250 volunteers gathered in 14 towns across Cape Cod to participate in the second annual All-Cape Beach Cleanup organized by the grassroots nonprofit, Sustainable Practices. Volunteers picked up more than 500 pounds of debris while walking along numerous beaches and nearby parking lots. The trash included cigarette butts, plastic bottles and caps, straws and balloons.
The Sustainable Practices event, which marked National Public Lands Day, was held Sept. 28 in partnership with COASTSWEEP, the statewide beach cleanup effort.
"The success of this event is in the community building and the coming together of community members across the Cape to meet and work together to care for our environment," said Madhavi Venkatesan, executive director of Sustainable Practices.
In 2019, the group initiated the Municipal Plastic Bottle Ban which seeks on a town by town basis the adoption of a bylaw that prohibits towns from purchasing single-use plastic bottled beverages as well as the sale of such containers on town property. So far, six out of 15 towns have adopted the ban.