GTM Research Reserve installs BlueTubes

275-bluetubeMichael Shirley, director of the Guana Tolomato Matanzas National Estuarine Research Reserve, informed local Historic City News reporters that five BlueTubes have been installed along their beach in an effort to help keep the beach clean and keep plastic out of the ocean.

There are stations located at each entrance of the north, middle and south beach access of Guana Beach, as well as Guana Dam.

“The installation of BlueTubes will make it easier for the public to get involved and help keep our beach pristine,” Shirley said. “Every little bit helps, and I hope that having a BlueTube nearby will remind everyone to take a bag and pick up trash while enjoying a walk on the beach.”

Through the efforts of GTM volunteers and park rangers, the BlueTubes were installed and packed with plastic bags ready for use.

The tubes are bright blue, easy to spot containers that hold plastic bags. They are placed at dune crossovers so visitors to the beach can easily take a bag, pick up trash and throw it away in garbage cans already provided. Visitors supply bags when the tube is empty, and the cycle continues.

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