You enjoy the beach all summer — maybe all year — and now it’s time to give back.
Armed with gloves, bags and buckets, and a steward spirit, an estimated 60,000 volunteers will come out to about 900 locations throughout the state Saturday for California Coastal Cleanup Day. The annual event, in its 33rd year, results in hundreds of thousands of pounds of trash being plucked from beaches, lakes, creeks and parks to keep the refuse from getting to the ocean.
“We like to look at it like a celebration of what these incredible places have given us the past year,” said Eben Schwartz, marine debris program manager for the California Coastal Commission. “These are resources we come to year round — we ask on this one day for everyone around the state to do their part to give back.”
And it’s not just local beaches that will get a needed spruce up. This is dubbed the “world’s biggest volunteer effort to protect the ocean,” with people around the world joining as part of the larger International Coastal Cleanup Day, organized by the Ocean Conservancy. More than a half-million people in 112 countries are expected to join the effort.
Since International Coastal Cleanup Day debuted in 1985, through 2016, an estimated 1.43 million volunteers have collected about 23 million pounds of trash and recyclables.
Last year, volunteers scooped up 29,635 pounds of trash and recyclables in Los Angeles County.
In the South Bay and Harbor Area, more than two dozen clean-up sites will sprout up Saturday — ranging from underwater dives in King Harbor and Dockweiler State Beach to shoreline clean-ups in the…
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