For the past 50 years, Earth Day has been celebrated by billions of people around the globe, annually every April 22.
Driving around Galveston, it’s not hard to spot the Park Board’s “Clean, Green, Pristine” stickers on passing cars. Thanks to beach recycling projects at Galveston beaches, that vision for the island has become even more of a reality.
pictured: Artist Boat's Bucket Brigade educational experience.
Join us for a special Earth Day Bucket Brigade hosted by Artist Boat where we'll be exploring the creatures and features that make Galveston beaches unique!
There is more to the Sargassum and turbid water than many people think, and there is much more to be found on the beach than just sand. Come explore with us!
Creating art out of things naturally found on our beach. Pictures could be sent to our Facebook page to post our winning artist(s).
Help our mascot Shelldon pick up any litter on the beach.
We wanted to highlight the clean, green and pristine initiative this week in conjunction with #EarthDay, which is celebrated worldwide in an effort to bring extra awareness to taking care of this planet we call home. While the Park Board is charged to maintain and clean Galveston’s beaches, the organization has taken a step further and has implemented large-scale recycling projects at Stewart Beach, East Beach and several other locations along Galveston’s expansive beaches.
“The Galveston Park Board takes very seriously its obligation to be a good steward for the environment. We know we can do more to preserve and improve Galveston’s natural resources. Recycling projects like these are a good way to start.” Kelly de Schaun, CEO Galveston Park Board
The Galveston Park Board began a pilot project at Stewart Beach several years ago, offering branded recycling bins at various locations throughout the park. The Park Board also hired staff to sort through recycled items and to pick plastic and aluminum items out of the park’s regular trash cans. These sorters became known as the “Green Team” and, along with participating beachgoers, were responsible for recycling about 500 pounds of materials in the project’s first year.
The Park Board has removed more than 2,000,000 pounds of trash and debris from beaches, as well as purchased and placed 20 recycling stations along the seawall in partnership with Artist Boat.
The beach recycling program is supported by funds generated from the recycled materials themselves and by the Park Board. The program has also received grant money from the Harris and Eliza Kempner Fund. Galveston’s Artist Boat has partnered with the Park Board to seek additional funding to keep the program viable and to continue to expand it.
When visiting Galveston beaches, please be courteous and find one of the many recycling units when disposing of your trash. To see more about how to recycle on Galveston Island, watch the video below!
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