Garbage all over Arcadia Beach!

My boyfriend and I pulled up at Arcadia beach to eat our sandwiches we brought for a surf trip. Once down there I noticed crazy shell colors I have never seen before, Not thinking anything of it. We continued down the beach noticing a dead bird, and garbage everywhere. Glass, plastic, rubber materials all over. I have lived in Oregon my entire life, I have never seen anything like this. We decided to empy out our reusable shopping bag we brought the food in and started loading up the bottles, and plastic shards. We were on the beach for maybe a half hour. We loaded that bag up so full we had to turn back and I grabbed a pile of nets digging into my fingers and dragged them up to the car where there were garbage cans. Once to the car we pulled out 5 more reusable shopping bags and headed back down the beach. Starting with one side we thought wed be able to make our way back and get the big stuff last. This did not happen. This beach was so disgusting. There were rusted tires, asian bottles, and lids, nets, giant ropes, glass jars, jugs, toothbrushes, rubber soles from shoes, flip flops, tons of lighters, foam, plastic shards, and medicine bottles. We filled up the 5 bags so full we were dropping stuff and couldnt look back. It ruined our day thinking about what we as humans have done to the ocean, how we as humans dont help eachother out. If we would all just pick up one glass bottle, one lighter, one chemical filled jug off the beach we would be making our contribution to fixing this problem. But everyone passed with no eye contact, leaving the beach empty handed.

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Kevin says ... on Saturday, Aug 6 at 11:58 AM

They figure that the debris from the Japanese tsunami will begin washing up next sometime on the Oregon beaches. Prepare for a real mess!

anotherpdxer says ... on Tuesday, Jun 15 at 8:47 AM

If I had been there you would have had help, I never go to the beach without a canvas bag to haul out garbage I come across.

Joe says ... on Monday, Jun 14 at 9:35 AM

I'm so glad others are noticing this too. My father-in-law has a house in Yachats and evertime I go there I find plastic bits, broken plastic toys and lots of stuff with Asian writing. I have a plastic jug in my office right now from Korea.

afk417 says ... on Friday, Apr 30 at 5:55 AM

Whenever on the beach ALWAYS do your part & help clean up! Just take a bag with you & pick up trash along the way - we do it while rock hounding! :) Way to go kristinaphillips! Thank you so much for taking the time to care!

Dagi says ... on Wednesday, Apr 28 at 9:45 PM

Oh the poor crabs!! This is very nasty! Also, I wish earthway was 04/20, birthdate of very important person! He love earth too! And hate to eat meat!

bc says ... on Saturday, Apr 17 at 10:27 AM

we've had several rounds of west winds since the "Beach Cleanup". Bringing in tons more trash. Including lots of fishing floats, glass bottles, and glass balls.

kristinaphillips says ... on Saturday, Apr 17 at 10:15 AM

As far as I know this garbage is showing up after every storm.. There is a swirling vortex of garbage in the Pacific and when a strong current comes it burps out huge portions of garbage onto the beaches. This is just a reminder of what we have done. says ... on Saturday, Apr 17 at 9:10 AM

If someone could go on to the web site and tell them where this beach area is, I would like to think they could set up a special cleanup for this stretch. If you do not get a reply send it to me!

oregonatmospheric says ... on Saturday, Apr 17 at 6:14 AM

We are choking ourselves in garbage. Just a little difference is purchasing from a Rapid Refill Ink store downtown Portland. Every bit my wife and I can do, we find those places that make such a huge difference in the environment. Earth Day 2010 4/22

Greenie says ... on Saturday, Apr 17 at 5:53 AM

What?? Didn't SOLV clean that section with the "Beach Clean" up?? SOunds like some never made it there...

wayne says ... on Friday, Apr 16 at 8:51 PM

The earth is our home! We all live here and we are all from here. Get off your cellphone, put your starbucks coffee down and start cleaning. We ALL contributed to this mess now lets try and clean it up. Take some responsibility!!! malama ka aina

Jon says ... on Friday, Apr 16 at 1:13 PM

It is a huge problem everywhere, I've seen and picked up what i could on all 3 of Americas coastlines (PC,AC,GM) and on the Great lakes.To my knowledge Ocean dumping is legal outside the EEZ and who knows what countries like China etc.. do....

kirscha says ... on Friday, Apr 16 at 12:10 PM

Asian bottles ..ocean currents? Dumping in the ocean should be prohibited in all countries. We all should be forced to deal with our own garbage, even at the local county level here! Plastic bags& packaging is a huge problem! Lets all do more!!

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