While the dawgs prepare for the gators, volunteers will go head to head with litter. This is the 6th year students have volunteered to spend their game day morning sweeping up the trash left behind by thousands of students. But this rivalry weekend, clean up organizers are turning to something new to recruit volunteers.
While Thousands of students use their fall break to party on the strip of sand known as Frat Beach, last year fewer than 100 stuck around to clean up the mess. This time around, Diana Orquiola has a plan. Diana is a volunteer at the Georgia Marine Extension, and she organized social media accounts and a pledge. She says that she created accounts, ” On Facebook and on Twitter. As well as getting word out through signing a pledge that students, football fans, and visitors to St Simons can sign saying that they would stash their trash and reduce their waste left behind.
Georgia Sea Grant’s Lea King-Badyna says that her group doesn’t want students to tone it down, but just recognize and respect the surrounding environment. Lea says, “People can come and they can have fun on the beach we’re just asking them to use some personal responsibility and stash their trash. If they just wouldn’t leave their trash on the beach everything would be glorious.”
Last year 54 hundred pounds of trash and 500 pounds of recyclables were collected on the beach. This year, look out for designated bins for both trash and recycling to keep the beach clean.To get involved, you can visit Diana’s Facebook, Georgia/ Florida at ST Simons or follow the cause at Twitter @GaFLAAtStSimons.