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正在捡拾及记录海滩垃圾的义工

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清理海洋的海滩清洁运动
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您曾自愿添加清洁团体并亲身参与捡拾垃圾的工作吗
?假如您曾参加过类似工作,那么您就知道街道上或公园内的垃圾量有多惊人了,而海滩则是新泽西境内另一处垃圾量惊人的地方。

1980年代,由于垃圾倾倒问题及人们随手乱丢垃圾的习惯,新泽西的海滩面临了严重的污染问题;人们随手乱丢的垃圾都会被雨水冲刷入溪河,最后流入海洋。

为清理新泽西境内受污染的海滩,一个旨在清理海滩的清理海洋行动正式展开;它是世上实施最久的扫除行动,始于1985年的桑迪胡克(Sandy Hook),当时共有75人参加;时至今日,参加这项活动的义工来自于各个年龄层,他们负责捡垃圾并写下他们捡到的物品,而这份垃圾列表则被用来告知并教育大众污染问题的严重性。

义工常会捡到各式各样的塑胶、玻璃、金属、木头及泡沫塑料制品,他们也会在海滩上捡拾到一些较不常见的物品,如:购物车、微波炉、马桶、床垫、圣诞节饰品及假发!这张物品列表能帮助人们了解,假如这些垃圾未经妥当处理,它们最终还是会回来我们身边。


Have you ever been part of a volunteer clean-up crew, picking up litter or trash? If so, you know just how much garbage can collect on streets or in parks. In New Jersey there was another place that had a lot of litter -- the beaches.

By the 1980s, thanks to ocean dumpsites and runoff water, pollution was ruining New Jersey's beaches. Runoff water, which is often polluted, flows into streams and ends up in the ocean.

To help clean up New Jersey's polluted beaches, a group called Clean Ocean Action holds Beach Sweeps. One of the longest running cleanups in the world, the Beach Sweeps first started in 1985 at Sandy Hook with 75 volunteers. Today, volunteers of all ages "sweep" the beaches by picking up garbage and other debris and writing down what they collect. The list of litter provides information that is used to educate the public about the pollution problem.

Volunteers usually pick up plastic, glass, metal, wood, and styrofoam. They have also collected some unusual items from the beaches, such as a shopping cart, a microwave oven, a toilet, mattresses, Christmas decorations, and a wig! Keeping a list of items helps people realize that garbage can come back to us if we don't dispose of it properly.

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