Saturday, October 1, 2011

Collection Report Sep 13, 2011

Tuesday, September 13, 7:52 AM. Already a bright, muggy day.
Feeling the glow
Labor Day was well and truly past. The benches, trash cans, lifeguard tower -- stowed away for the year. The sun & sky may not have gotten the message. But the earth had.
Welcome back, mysterious
crawlers of the low-tide line
Autumn's sand trails were back. Sandpipers too, scurrying along the edge of each wave. Along the roads, the leaves of young -- or weak-willed -- maples were already kissed with a hint of red and orange. The earth knows.

Which is why the hot sun and Labor Day remnants strewn across the sand came as a shock. (It was a busy collection, as you'll see.) This twilight time, mid-September, straddles two very different Maines.

Curiously, there was still no wrack-line of Irene debris. The early August wash-in along with Irene's offshore winds really did scour Saco Bay clean. Even so, the ocean still left a couple calling cards:

The NH sewage treatment plant disc
saga continues, and will for years
And another applicator. Sigh.

It's all still out there. It'll make its next appearance when it feels like it. (See Delaware, where heaps of plastic garbage floating in just a week after the big Intl Coastal Cleanup.)

So on to the finds. Zone N first, as always:
177 finds:
  • Building materials: 3 (1 chunk asphalt, 2 wooden blocks)
  • Foam/Styrofoam: 28
  • Fishing misc.: 16 (4 bits rope, 4 claw bands, 6 bits of rope twine, 2 buoy scraps)
  • Food-related plastics: 6 (bottle, bottlecap, food wrapper, 2 utensils, straw)
  • Food-related metal/glass: 4 (3 cans/scraps, 1 sea glass)
  • Nonfood/unknown plastics: 26 (7 bags/scraps, 3 bandaids, 3 toys (tank tread, "hamburger," squishy foot), theme park wristband, 2 bottlecaps, plastic strapping, chair/umbrella plug, expand-foam tube, 1 scrap >1", 6 scraps <1")
  • Cigarette filters/plastics: 82 (81 filters, 1 wood filter tip)
  • Paper/wood: 11 (10 paper scraps, 1 wooden stick)
  • Misc./unique: 1 (fabric scrap)
A little bit of everything, including the partially burned leftovers of at least one massive bonfire (some in this closeup).
Set it, and forget it. BTW, Ruby has a set of plastic food including the same hamburger. Might clean this one up and add it to her collection. Supersize Me.

As always, Zone S had less to offer.
32 finds:
  • Building materials: 0
  • Foam/Styrofoam: 5
  • Fishing misc.: 3 (2 rope scraps, buoy scrap)
  • Food-related plastics: 3 (bottle, bottlecap, gum)
  • Food-related metal/glass: 2 (seaglass, gum wrapper)
  • Nonfood/unknown plastics: 11 (2 bags/scraps, 1 bottlecap, cord, tennis ball, Hooksett disc, tampon applicator, 2 scraps >1", 2 scraps <1")
  • Cigarette filters/plastics: 6 (5 filters, 1 rolling paper)
  • Paper/wood: 2 (paper scrap, wood clothespin)
  • Misc./unique: 0
Oddly, the most interesting find of the week came from here:
"Game ends 12/31/10"
Old, scuffed, battered... But no signs of sealife on it. So... what's the story? Someone's favorite water bottle, reused for months and then lost? A dog toy? Or ocean-borne? I'd love to know.

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