December 2019 – Plastic Picking Round Up! – Dr. Plastic Picker

December 2019 – Plastic Picking Round Up!

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Beautiful tree near our house. The little birds were singing today. It was beautiful music. Photo credit by drplasticpicker.

January 1, 2020

by drplasticpicker

I included my haul from today for December 2019. Keeps my accounting easier. It’s 835AM and New Years Day. My mother-in-law is making special Korean soup that is delicious and we eat every New Years. It’s a tradition and the children look forward to it. The two tall Plastic Picker family children are sleeping, as they actually stayed up until midnight drinking bubbly apple cider which is a first. Life has given me so many new joys and opportunities for growth since I started ocean plastic picking and blogging 4 months ago, but I need to keep true to the mission – which is to get to the beach and pick up plastic and do my part.

I saw a seagull swallow whole a single-use plastic sauce container this morning. I wrote on Instagram with the posted video, “Objective proof that single-use sauce containers can be eaten by seabirds whole. I tried to rush the gull to get him to drop it, but the bird ran deeper into the coastal waters and crunched and swallowed that thing whole.” This reminded me that all the pieces I pick up are important, the big to prevent it from breaking into smaller bits and the small as the birds will mistake them for food. There was hot pink silly string left by a New Year’s reveler and it was the first thing I carefully gathered to protect the endangered birds (Marbled Godwits, Whimbrels, Snowy Plovers) that live on the stretch of beach I clean.

So here are my plastic picking totals with total bags, and salvaged items in order of frequency. I picked up about 27 bags of trash, which is pretty good since we were in Utah for a week-long vacation. There, I only was picking up recyclables here and there. I think 20-30 bags a month and about 100 salvagables is a good steady goal to have. You can also see my total since August 30, 2019 at I wrote 32 blog post which is a good steady number. I think November with the 40 blog post was too much. Everything in moderation, even blogging. I don’t want to burn out since this journey is also about wellness.

27.5 Bags of Ocean Bound Plastic Collected

96 Items Salvaged

Object Total Number Fate
Aluminum Cans 31 In my garage – destined for recycling 
Plastic Bottles 29 Recycled
Sand Toys 11 Gifted
Flip Flops 1 Donated Goodwill
Clothing Items 8 Donated Goodwill
Toys 6 Donated Goodwill
Glass Containers 4 Recycled
Tennis Balls 1 Washed and it’s our puppy’s new thing
Office Supply Items 1 Using

Probably the most fun development is that I’ve always loved blue, and I’m keeping some of the pretty blue plastic pieces and doing some trash art. I’ll post about that later! Makes me happy as I’ve always loved jigsaw puzzles.  

Here were the plastic picking totals from the previous month November 2019 

Here was this month’s (December 2019) Secondary Net Environmental Positives from being more earth-aware


I just keep track on a simple excel spreadsheet. Fun! Anyone can do it.

Click here to read about how January 2020 went

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