Palmer Trinity (PTS) high-school students and parents collected 400 pounds of plastic and styrofoam from an island in Biscayne Bay this past PTS Gives Back Day 2014. Sponsored by Miami water-sport company, Beach Paddle Co., the day began with a pontoon boat ride from Morningside Park to the island. Before the cleanup, students were asked to observe whether the trash had bite marks from fish or birds, question where each piece of trash may have originated from, and realize whether the student had personally used and disposed of the item before. During the cleanup, students found nearly a thousand bottle caps and straws as well as larger items, like pieces to cars and large PVC pipes. After the cleanup, students snorkeled and went standup paddle boarding around the island, which the students named “Debris Free Island.” Before taking the Beach Paddle Co. vessel back to the mainland, the Educational Director from Debris Free Oceans, Tracy Nolan, wrapped up the day with a short educational overview about the global issue of plastics waste and marine debris. Tracy highlighted that 80% of the trash we collected originated from land because our landfills are nearly full and beginning to overflow. Tracy connected this waste management issue with our personal habits like consuming and quickly disposing of single-use plastics, which scientists estimate enter our waters by the millions of tons each year. Students created their own solutions to the global issue, which included bringing your own reusable bags to stores, asking for no straw or using a reusable glass straw at restaurants, and carrying a reusable bottle or mug to refill with tap water or coffee.