This Coastal Cleanup Day comes at the end of California Coastal Protection Week, a designation passed by the legislature in 2012 in honor of the 40th anniversary of the Coastal Act. Coastal Cleanup Day also marks the beginning of COASTWEEKS, a three-week celebration of our coastal resources that takes place across the United States. The Coastal Commission maintains a calendar of COASTWEEKS events on its website.
Last year, 65,544 Coastal Cleanup volunteers collected over 769,000 pounds of trash and recyclables from 54 of California’s 58 counties. Almost 20% of that debris was recycled.
Cleanups will take place at over 850 sites on California beaches, bays, rivers, creeks, parks, roadsides, and highways. Contact the local coordinator for exact locations and other site-specific information. For further detail, visit our web site at www.coastalcleanupday.org.
”California Coastal Cleanup Day is the one opportunity we have each year to invite every Californian, no matter where they may live, to help us protect and restore our coast and ocean,” said Eben Schwartz, Marine Debris Program manager for the California Coastal Commission.
Visit www.coastalcleanupday.org or call (800) COAST-4U for more information.