Kitchen knives, syringes, election signs & more retrieved during Redondo cleanup
On Saturday (April 18), 56 volunteers teamed up with the MaST Center and AmeriCorps to do a major cleanup near the Redondo Pier in Des Moines.
This was the second annual cleanup, which included underwater work from volunteer scuba divers.
Des Moines Harbor Master Joe Dusenbury shut the pier/boat ramp down for the day to allow full access.
“We cleared about 795 pounds of debris in only three hours,” said Jamie Woodward, AmeriCorps Service Member and Volunteer Coordinator. “We cleared about 575 pounds last year, and plan to host the event annually.”
Some of the items retrieved by the crew included:
- Kitchen knives
- Construction sign tripods
- Election yard signs
- Desk furniture
- Cans and bottles
- Lots of squid jigs/lures (which we allowed fisherman to reclaim) and fishing line
- A couple of tires
- An old road scooter
CleanScapes provided the waste/recycle removal services free of charge for the second year in a row, and Starbucks sent about 20 volunteers over.
The areas cleaned were: Redondo Fishing Pier (SCUBA Divers), Marine View Drive South, Redondo Way South, and Redondo Beach Drive South.
Photos courtesy the MaST Center.