My company sponsored a big beach clean-up near Ketchikan last week.
We sent 60 crew in our tender boats to the local beach to clean up all the trash. We even brought along a Japanese interpreter to identify anything from Japan.
We do not allow plastic bags on our ships, so had to go to the local supermarket to purchase a large quantity of those large American plastic garbage bags.
We filled 300 bags with trash from the beach.
We found plenty styrofoam and paper McDonalds containers (not in Japanese).
We collected thousands of Budweiser and Miller beer cans and bottles (not from Japan).
We found hundreds of shotgun shells (no guns in Japan).
We picked up thousands of soft drink cans - all in English. All bottled in USA.
We are certainly guilty of poluting our own shores. When I go anywhere I find myself dragging out someone elses trash. This is on the beach, in the mountains or wherever I go. The idea of leaving no trace is simply to tough for some folks and it is very sad.
I would like to point out that some of the nicest shotguns in the world are made in Japan.
How quickly time passes.
We are back in Alaska again.
Once again we sent out a large group of crew to repeat the beach trash collection we did last August.
We had a bigger group this time, and even more plastic trash bags.
This time we filled 400 large trash bags with garbage found on the beach.
This year was the same as last year - everything from the good old USA.
Nothing from Japan.
We Live on the Oregon Coast and have had only a few things from Japan washup on the beachs around here.One was a pretty good size dock that had to be cut up to be removed,We also have annual beach cleanups every year so far just the same old crap,