Gayle Anderson was live in Santa Monica to remind everyone that this Saturday, September 21st, they should participate in Coastal Cleanup Day, the biggest volunteer day on the planet. Gayle finds out how people can contribute to the cause if they are unable to participate over the weekend.
Gayle Anderson was live to remind everyone that this Saturday, September 21st, they should participate in Coastal Cleanup Day, the biggest volunteer day on the planet. From 9 a.m. to noon, thousands of Southern Californians will remove unnatural debris from over 50 beach and inland locations.
Since 1985, Coastal Cleanup Day has helped combat the increasing marine debris along our shorelines. The Ocean Conservancy leads the International Coastal Cleanup Day effort. Over the past 26 years, more than 8.5 million volunteers in 152 countries have removed over 145 million pounds of trash.
The California Coastal Commission leads the statewide effort in California.
Since the start of California’s participation in 1986, over 800,000 people have collectively gathered more than 14 million pounds of trash and debris from along the coast and up through the natural water basins.
Heal the Bay has coordinated the Los Angeles County Coastal Cleanup Day for 23 years. L.A. County sites span from Long Beach up to Malibu and inland to the L.A. River Confluence, among approximately 60 other sites. California Coastal Cleanup Day was listed in the Guinness Book of World Records as the “largest garbage collection” in 1993, with an outstanding total of 50,405 volunteers statewide!
Last year in California alone, 62,668 volunteers participated in Coastal Cleanup Day and removed over 728,289 pounds of trash and 143,291 pounds of recyclable waste for over 1,500 miles. In Los Angeles County, there were over 50 cleanup sites located at various beaches and inland waterways. 9,323 volunteers cleaned 58 miles and removed 40,378 pounds of debris.
Trash in the ocean compromises the health of humans and wildlife, which affects the livelihoods of millions all over the planet. Every little piece of paper, cigarette butt or bottle cap that makes its way to street sewers ends up in streams or rivers and eventually down in the ocean. We all need clean water. In addition, oceans are the largest part of our water cycle, generating oxygen and rain necessary to sustain life on Earth.
Cleanups are held all over Los Angeles County: beaches, inland creeks, rivers, on and even under water! A list of this year’s cleanup sites are available HERE. To locate a cleanup site outside of Los Angeles County, visit the California Coastal Commission website or call 800-COAST4U.
You can sign up online with Heal the Bay to participate in this year’s Coastal Cleanup Day by clicking HERE. PLEASE NOTE: You must be dive certified to sign up for a dive site. Register for kayak sites HERE.
Once you sign up online with Heal the Bay, you’ll receive an e-mail with the latest news regarding your participation in this year’s Coastal Cleanup Day.
- Everyone who joins Heal the Bay for Coastal Cleanup Day is required to sign a waiver. Make sure to print and sign your waiver, which is available by clicking HERE.
- All volunteers under the age of 18 must have the appropriate liability waiver signed by a parent or legal guardian before participating in a beach cleanup.
- Each site has different parking arrangements. Most are free, but some beach sites may require you to pay for parking. You can download a parking permit for state park cleanup sites by clicking HERE. More parking passes are forthcoming. Please contact Heal the Bay if you have specific questions or concerns.
- Download ParkMe, the free Santa Monica-based app, on your smartphone for real-time parking availability this Coastal Cleanup Day
It is now easier than ever to raise funds for Coastal Cleanup Day! Once you sign up, you can create a fundraising page and share it with friends and family. Volunteers who raise $100 or more get a Heal the Bay t-shirt.
If you can’t make it to this year’s event, you can still donate to Coastal Cleanup Day. Just a $25 donation can help run a cleanup site in your neighborhood. DONATE NOW!
Heal the Bay is a Santa Monica-based nonprofit dedicated to protecting the health and safety of Southern California’s beaches and ocean. The organization has a 28-year track record of using sound science, reasoned advocacy and community engagement to help solve local environmental issues. The group issues water quality grades for more than 500 beaches each week, conducts numerous volunteer beach and neighborhood cleanups, and operates the Santa Monica Pier Aquarium, among many other programs. It has nearly 15,000 members and an operating budget of more than $4 million.
Saturday, September 21, 2013
COASTAL CLEANUP DAY
9 a.m. to Noon
Locations throughout Southern California
Heal the Bay
1444 9th Street
Santa Monica, CA 90401
(800) HEAL BAY (in California only)
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