The Surfrider Foundation Eastern Long Island Chapter

When: 04/27/2019, All Day

The Surfrider Foundation Eastern Long Island Chapter will be present at the Southampton Arts Center as well. On Saturday, April 27, the organization will honor Earth Day with an event at Quogue Wildlife Refuge with a table featuring a plastic sculpture by Carolyn Munaco, the Rise Above Plastics Coordinator, and will share the results from a recent water quality test.

Since June 2017, the foundation has completed 46 cleanups, removing 7561 pounds of beach debris. Included in that waste was 2735 straws and 1289 balloons, which averages out to be 59 straws and 28 balloons per beach.

“We are so incredibly humbled that Suffolk County legislators voted in April to ban plastic straws and polystyrene foam. This law was voted in less than one year after we launched our Strawless Summer initiative, in which approximately 60 restaurants voluntarily pledged to stop using plastic straws. It still needs to be signed in by county executive, but we’re optimistic!” Colleen Henn, Chapter Coordinator, Eastern Long Island Surfrider Foundation said.

In the past two years alone, East Hampton Town and Village banned polystyrene foam and the intentional release of balloons, which eventually fall back to the ground and pose a threat to animals. Following suit, Southampton Town banned polystyrene foam and plastic straws. “It’s so great to see our lawmakers defending plastic-free beaches! ‘Think Globally, Act Locally’ has never been more important,” added Henn. Visit www.easternli.surfrider.org to get involved.