SolidWastes at Redondo Beach
SolidWastes at Redondo Beach
Figure1: Map of Redondo Beach by Google Maps
On9thDecember, I made a study visit to Redondo Beach in California Figure1 and 2. The beach attracts many tourists who come to enjoy thescenery and swim in the ocean. The beach has an Inn that takes careof the needs of the visitors. The aim of the study was to identifythe various indicators of solid waste pollution at the beach. Iidentified that majority of the pollutants include plasticcontainers, picnic wastes and discarded nets. Some of these werefound at the shore of the ocean while others were observed at thewaste collection centers at the beach. Some of the impacts of thesewastes include the reduction of the aesthetical beauty of the beachand the disruption of the ocean habitat, especially on the organismsthat live at the beachfront.
Observation Thestudy of the Redondo Beach, especially at the places that people donot frequently visit, revealed plastic bags, plastic cans, polythenebags and debris. Most of the plastics are picnic wastes includingsoda cans, yoghurt and milk packages and other fast food packages(Figure 3). At the waste collection center at the beach,some remains of dead animals were observed. These were majorly fishand birds. Most of the remains were entangled with nets and polythenebags. Upon enquiry, it was realized that these remains were collectedfrom the ocean. Figure 5 shows a portion of the waste collectioncenter. It was also observed that some points of the oceanwater close to the beach are littered with polythene and otherplastic wastes. These were however actively being collected by thelocal organizations like Athens Services (Figure 4). Consultationwith the Athens Services yielded rich information discussed in thenext section.
Interpretation Ina consultation with the Athens Services, which offers wastecollection and recycling services in the region, certain discoverieswere made with regard to solid waste pollution in Redondo Beach.There are many reasons why the beach gets contaminated with solidwastes. As the number of visitors to the region increase, the amountof wastes generated also increases. Most of these wastes end up inthe water bodies. As a result of the increasing populations of theregion, there is even greater need for disposal sites however, as aresult of the limited land space in the region, many people opt todispose these wastes into the ocean, just at the beach area(Www2.gsu.edu,2015). Othersources of the solid wastes that end up at the beach include runofffrom farm areas and homesteads, waste dumps upstream, wastes disposedinto rivers and windblown polythene bags originating from inlands.Fishing materials are also sometimes washed to the shore at the beachby the waves (Www2.gsu.edu,2015). Thelitter destroys the beauty of the beach. Most people therefore do notenjoy the area. This has a negative influence on tourism and theeconomy. The maintenance of the regions is costly and time consuming.The contribution to the maintenance of solid wastes is made by bothpublic and private sectors. As more fish are killed by the polythene,abandoned or lost fish gear, and plastic wastes, there is a potentialfor the reduction in the economy of fisheries (California CoastalCommission, 2005). As marine organisms get entangled with oringest the litter, the wildlife and the environment where they liveget damaged. Smothering of the seabed, entanglement of coral reefs,deposition on beds of sea grass are just some of the effects of solidwastes in the marine habitats. Fishing gear including fishing linesand hooks, and debris from traps of lobsters are damaging to coralreefs at the beach (California Coastal Commission, 2005). Boats andships can be disabled by marine wastes including discarded fishinglines, ropes, and plastic trash and food bags. These wastes can wraparound boat propellers or be sucked into boat engines. Medical wastestransported into the beach by winds and waves are constant threats topublic health. These wastes can lead to transmission of diseases.Broken glass and sharp objects also have the potential to harm people(Redondobeachinn.net,2015).
Conclusion Fromthe study that was conducted at the Redondo Beach, located inCalifornia, it was discovered that many solid wastes in the regionare from point sources. These are majorly picnic wastes includingfood cans, plastic packages and polythene bags. Other sources ofwastes identified were debris runoffs and direct disposal into theocean. These have adverse influences on the environment, economy andaesthetics of the beach. Some of the wastes also affect the lives ofthe people who visit or live around the beach.
Figure2: Photo of RedondoBeach curtesy of Redondo Beach Inn
Figure1: Disposed plastic containers and other wastesat the beach
Figure2: Wastes near the water body and some suspended in the ocean water
Figure3: A section of the waste collection center at the beach showingplastic containers, plastic bags and other wastes
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