Drink Local Drink Tap has been continuing their efforts to rid water sources of trash. In celebration of Earth Day, DLDT held a beach clean up at Edgewater beach this Saturday.
Drink Local Drink Tap is a not-for-profit organization that aims to educate people on the polluted water crisis. They typical earn their revenue with donations.
Over 100 people participated in the clean up this weekend. A lot of organizations participated including the Litter Bugs another not-for-profit organization.
Russa Wenzel, Executive Assistant at Drink Local Drink Tap, estimated that over 200 hundred volunteers would be participating Saturday. She received these numbers from her Facebook feed.
Assisting her was her intern Jessica Gill. Jessica is a student at Cleveland State University. She studies non-profit and feels strongly about the cause in needing cleaner water.
“We just want to raise awareness for issues that effects our Greatlakes, especially when it comes to plastics. Re-use plastic was actually the word of the year in 2018, it’s become such a huge problem globally.”Jessica Gill, CSU Intern
Gill discussed the Great Specific Garbage Patch, and how it’s double the size of Texas now.
A lot of things were found on the beach. Majority of the things found were tiny plastic or cigarette buds. According Kristine Knowles (Education Coordinator) because of the high winds occurring Saturday, there was more trash.
Knowles says that DLDT goal is educating people on the cause and decreasing pollution.
“We’ve been to many schools talking to kids, getting them out so they can get involved. So hopefully kinda changing the mindset of future leaders, and raising awareness, so even if it’s small steps, they add up to big change.”