Albany Beach 2012-2015
Plastic pollution can be divided into two categories, large and small. The small stuff is termed “Microplastics” and includes anything less than 5 mm across.
Some areas of the beach have concentrations of plastic debris up to 986 grams of plastic in one meter square by 10 cm (three inches) deep. This includes syringes with needles still attached and 5% pre-production plastic pellets (nurdles), with most of this waste covered in a toxic film of petroleum products from the sea’s surface.
In 2016, we will be back in an effort to return the beach to a clean place to play.
Project Name: Albany Beach Micro Debris Removal
Focus: Micro debris awareness and removal
Number of Volunteers: 18
Albany High School Ocean Protection League
Safely remove microplastics and toxic waste from an urban beach
Custom build debris sifting screens and teach safety first techniques
Raise awareness of issue to East Bay Regional Parks (Agency in Charge)