Last year 160,000 pounds of trash was removed from San Diego beach areas by thousands of volunteers who signed up for the annual California Coastal Cleanup Day.
According to the website, over 1 million volunteers have contributed a weekend morning to help keep the San Diego coast line clean. It is an operation that is part of an international intiative to clean the world, stop pollution and protect the wildlife in our water ways. This year, the event will be held on Sept. 19 from 9 a.m. to 12 noon.
California Coastal Cleanup Day, which is sponsored by both the San Diego Coast Keeper and I Love a Clean San Diego, is determined to bring thousands of volunteers from all communities in San Diego, of all ages, to remove debris and recyclables. It is a way to make the areas cleaner for its people inhabitants, and more importantly to keep the sea animals, including some of the endangered species in our area, from digesting harmful plastics and metals.
Boy Scout and Girl Scout troops will be given special badges for their participation and volunteers will be drawn to win prizes to attend various San Diego hot spots.
It is a great way to teach children about community and making a difference, one 2 liter bottle at a time.
San Diego Coastkeeper