All-Cape Beach Cleanup Collects 500 Pounds of Trash

Event highlighted problems of plastic pollution
Courtesy of Sustainable Practices

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. welcomes thoughtful comments and the varied opinions of our readers. We are in no way obligated to post or allow comments that our moderators deem inappropriate. We reserve the right to delete comments we perceive as profane, vulgar, threatening, offensive, racially-biased, homophobic, slanderous, hateful or just plain rude. Commenters may not attack or insult other commenters, readers or writers. Commenters who persist in posting inappropriate comments will be banned from commenting on