Residents of All Ages Are Invited to Help Gather Trash
Heal the Bay is celebrating its 30th year coordinating Coastal Cleanup Day in Los Angeles County from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday, September 21.
Participating in what is billed as the world’s largest volunteer day to protect the environment, 13,464 volunteers removed 59,600 pounds of trash and debris from L.A. County in a three-hour time span last year. Worldwide, 1,080,358 volunteers removed over 23 million pounds of trash and debris.
Cigarette butts, plastic food wrappers and plastic beverage bottles/caps remain the top items found by Coastal Cleanup Day volunteers, according to Heal the Bay. Other common items include plastic bags, plastic straws and stirrers, plastic take-out containers, plastic lids and foam take-out containers.
Nearly 80 percent of the pollution in our marine environment comes from the land.
The Palisades High School Ambassadors, students in 10th-12th– grade, who work on projects in the school and community that are designed to enable change and build bridges between different groups, will gather on Will Rogers Beach at Lifeguard Tower 8 all morning. They welcome residents to come join them.
The Tower 7 effort will be led by site captain Lendi Slover. Additionally, there’s a Temescal Canyon Park clean-up, with site captain Craig Natvig, plus the Palisades-Malibu YMCA will have a clean-up in Temescal Gateway Park.
Volunteers are urged to bring a reusable water bottle and wear sun block, a hat and sunglasses.