Shoreline, WA – In preparation for Earth Day on April 22nd, Recology CleanScapes has delivered a 32 foot long whale made from plastic bags to Shoreline Community College. The whale is being presented in support of SCC’s Earth Week programming themed, “The Ethic of Place.”
Students and the Shoreline community will have the opportunity to see the whale displayed at Shoreline Community College’s Pagoda Union Building from now until Thursday, April 30. Earth week programming will occur from Sunday, April 19 through Saturday, April 25, and will feature film screenings, lectures, discussions, nature walks, art exhibits, culminating with a habitat restoration project in the Upper Boeing Creek Watershed on Saturday.
Recology CleanScapes has facilitated the whale’s migration from the Fair Grounds in Puyallup, to Issaquah’s Salmon Days, to the Imagine! Children’s Museum in Everett, and now to Shoreline. The Plastic Whale Project is the result of a Waste Reduction Specialist for Thurston County and artist, Carrie Ziegler, who created this “Sensational Cetation.”
The Plastic Whale Project is a way to spread awareness about the amount of plastic material that we use and do not recycle. The project was inspired after an autopsy of a female grey whale that washed ashore in the Puget Sound in 2010 revealed that her stomach contained significant quantities of waste including 20 plastic shopping bags at the time of death. Carrie designed the project, and arranged for students at over 15 schools to braid together the 9,000 plastic bags, juice cups, and plastic utensils that form the whale’s skin and skeleton. The plastic bag skin includes a depiction of the Pacific Ocean and the swirling mass of mostly plastic garbage known as the ”Great Pacific Garbage Patch.”
Recology CleanScapes currently provides solid waste, recycling and compost collection service for the City of Shoreline. Recology CleanScapes is a subsidiary of Recology, an employee-owned company that sees a world without waste, where resources are used and re-used in a sustainable ecosystem that strives for their best and highest use.