On Saturday, more than 7,000 volunteers hit Orange County parks, beaches, wetlands and creeks to join the fight against ocean pollution during Coastal Cleanup Day. Orange County Coastkeeper and Trails4All coordinated 56 cleanup sites in Orange County where volunteers removed 70,485 pounds of debris – more than 14,000 pounds more than last year’s cleanup – and volunteers recorded obscure items including a wheel chair, wigs, a flute, tennis balls, platform heels, car parts and more.
“It’s common to see these items around the house, but when you pick them up from the sand, it makes the pollution problem personal,” said Orange County Coastkeeper Cleanup Coordinator, Lauren Smith. “Coastal Cleanup Day educates people about how their everyday actions impact the local environment, no matter how far they are from the beach, and how they can make a positive difference.”
After the record-breaking cleanup, volunteers celebrated with a Trash Free OC Jamboree at Huntington State Beach, Doheny State Beach and the Back Bay Science Center in Newport Bay. Partygoers learned how to become environmental stewards year-round through a series of crafts and educational activities and enjoyed well-deserved snacks at food trucks.
“It’s inspiring that this year’s Coastal Cleanup Day removed more trash than ever before, and we want to keep the momentum going all year,” said Smith. “By informing people about how to keep trash out of our ocean, we can work together to reduce coastal pollution.”
This year’s Orange County Coastal Cleanup Day corporate sponsors included: Wise Fool, PADI, King’s Seafood, Nobel Biocare, Earth Friendly Products, California Coastal Commission and the City of Dana Point. In-kind sponsors include: KIND Snacks, Urban Springs, Coastal Playgroup, REI, Newport Whales, Wavehuggers and the Municipal Water District of Orange County.
For more information, please visit http://www.coastkeeper.org/ccd.
This article was released by Orange County Coastkeeper.