Beach and marsh cleanup this weekend

The Hanckel and Elliott families picking up trash left behind by other boaters (Source: John Gaddy/WCIV)

By Sonya

CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCIV) -- Most people in the Lowcountry love being out on the water, which is why it's so important to keep our waterways and beaches clean.

One local family has organized a beach and marsh clean-up this Saturday that will benefit not only the environment, but also a group of veterans.

The Hanckel family loves spending time on their boat.

"We went up on a shark's tooth bank and jumped off looking for teeth and they came around the bend and came up with whole hand fulls of trash and they became really angry about it," said Elisabeth Hanckel, one of the event organizers.

That's when the family started thinking about what they could do to keep these areas clean.

"We figured with us being in the boat business we have the resources to put this together and invite the boating community in Charleston to come out and help clean up a little bit," said Milo Hanckel, of Hanckel Marine.

The last piece of the puzzle needed to plan this clean-up event was the non-profit group, Wounded Nature Working Veterans.

"What Wounded Nature will do is they will go into an area, take Charleston for example, and they might go on to Morris Island or go onto Drum Island come out here to the back side of Kiawah where a lot of people are and are dumping trash and they'll clean up that area," said Mr. Hanckel.

And that is the plan for this Saturday: for people to come and pick up trash, but the Hanckels and some friends decided to get a head start.

"Here is an example of things they picked up right here within 20 yards of the boat...old cast net that was in the water obviously animals get tangled in a prop and plenty of plastic and other things," said Mr. Hanckel.

In less than an hour, the two families had collected enough trash to fill up the 22 gallon live well on the boat.

"All of this is a good example if someone had just picked it all up, put it in, shut it in the hatch and they don't have to worry about it blowing out on the way home," said Mr. Hanckel.

And even the kids understand the importance of keeping nature clean.

"I was amazed at how much trash there was, so I'm glad that we did this today and I want to do this more often to keep our beach clean," said Georgia Elliott, a family friend collecting trash.

"I would say if you see a piece of trash don't think that someone else is going to go pick that up, just go over and do it," said Grayson Elliott, another family friend collecting trash.

And hopefully more people will start doing this so we'll have clean beaches and waterways to enjoy in the future.

After cleaning up, you are invited to the clean-up party at The Island House on Johns Island from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. All you need to get in is your bag of trash or a donation to Wounded Nature. There will be food, entertainment, kid's activities, and door prizes.

For more information or to RSVP, contact Elisabeth Hanckel

or{} Rudy Socha (440)452-1042