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September 9, 2011 > Coastal Cleanup Day aims to recruit 100,000 volunteers

Coastal Cleanup Day aims to recruit 100,000 volunteers

Submitted By Eben Schwartz

The 27th Annual California Coastal Cleanup Day is set for Saturday, September 17, and the California Coastal Commission is preparing to make this the largest single cleanup effort in the state's history by setting a goal of turning out 100,000 volunteers to clear debris from inner waterways and coastlines. Did you know that 80 percent of the trash that enters the ocean from California comes from land-based sources? This means that recruiting volunteers to clean up local rivers, creeks, roadsides and other inland areas is vital to the success of this annual effort.

The Commission is continuing its "BYO for CCD" initiative, asking volunteers to bring their own bucket or reusable bag and gloves, instead of creating more trash by using the disposable supplies provided at every site. Because of this initiative, the number of plastic bags used during last year's cleanup was reduced by 30,000.

"The Coastal Commission is hoping that the 27th Coastal Cleanup Day and BYO campaign will help educate our volunteers about how easy it is to make simple behavioral changes that can have year-round impact," said Eben Schwartz, outreach manager, California Coastal Commission. "By ensuring that our inner waterways and coastlines remain free of trash and debris, we can all make an enormous impact on the health of our environment."

Last year, 82,504 Coastal Cleanup volunteers (a new record) collected more than 1.2 million pounds of trash and recyclables. Covering more than 2,600 miles of coast and inland shoreline in 53 counties around the state, the 2010 cleanup covered the largest geographic area ever.

Cleanups will take place at more than 800 sites along California beaches, bays, rivers, creeks, parks, roadsides and highways. For locations and further details, visit www.coast4u.org or call 1-800-COAST4U.

Coastal Cleanup Day
Saturday, September 17
9 a.m. to noon
1-800-COAST4U
www.coast4u.org

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