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Saturday is California Coastal Cleanup Day

September 22, 2010 | 12:39 pm

CCD10_Ad_Shovel_4x6_Color_M The annual California Coastal Cleanup Day is Saturday and volunteers are invited to lend a hand picking up debris at the state's beaches, inland shorelines and neighborhoods.

Scheduled for 9 a.m. to noon at numerous locations statewide, including at least 60 sites in Los Angeles County, this is California's largest volunteer event.

Last year, more than 80,600 volunteers worked together to collect more than 1.3 million pounds of trash and recyclables from beaches, lakes and waterways.

Volunteers should pre-register with a local coordinator to participate (Los Angeles County registration is being handled via Heal the Bay). Participants should plan on wearing sturdy shoes and bringing a hat, gloves and sunscreen, and are encouraged to provide their own container -- such as a reusable bucket or bag -- for collecting trash.

"Coastal Cleanup Day has been incredibly successful at removing trash from our beaches and waterways, but in order to achieve this success, the Coastal Commission has had to provide hundreds of thousands of single-use, disposable items for our volunteers to use," said Eben Schwartz, Statewide Director of Coastal Cleanup Day. "It’s time for the Cleanup to make every effort to become a zero waste event."

Sponsored by the California Coastal Commission, other organizations helping coordinate the cleanups include Heal the Bay and the Cabrillo Marine Aquarium.

When combined with the International Coastal Cleanup, organized by Ocean Conservancy and taking place on the same day, California Coastal Cleanup Day is part of one of the largest worldwide single-day volunteer events.

-- Kelly Burgess

Photo: Poster announcing this year's California Coastal Cleanup Day. Credit: California Coastal Commission