Annual July 5th Beach Clean-up

Every year on July 4th, many visitors throng the Roads End beach and leave behind large amounts of firework debris and other trash. So, for the last four years, on July 5th, REIA has coordinated a volunteer clean-up of Roads End Beach.    Setting-off fireworks and the trash left behind has become a serious environmental, health and safety concern.  

In addition to the hundreds of pounds of unsightly firework debris, our volunteers have picked up  broken bottles, cans, cigarette butts, plastic straws, plastic toys, clothing, food wrappers and melted glass left in the campfire circles.  

 

Children and pets are especially at risk amid all this debris, but so are the ocean and wildlife. Wildlife may mistake brightly colored pieces of plastic for food, and all the debris can take tens—or even hundreds--of years to break down in the ocean.

 

REIA saw the problem and set out to solve it with the help of vital community partners.  REIA enlisted the support of SOLVE, the Chinook Winds Casino Resort, Safeway and the Oregon State Parks.  Each has made a significant contribution to the overall clean-up.  And so have visitors and residents.

 

Since our first clean-up in 2016, a total of 311 volunteers have collected over one ton of trash and debris from Roads End Beach.  Every piece of trash collected contributes to the health of our beach and to the enjoyment of residents and visitors who use it.  

Please join REIA this year on the morning of July 5th at the Roads End State Park to help keep our clean and protect the environment and wildlife!

If you’d like more information about the beach clean-up, contact Janet Knipe at janet.knipe@gmail.com.