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California Coastal Cleanup Day slated for Sept. 25

Posted: September 2, 2010 4:27 p.m.
Updated: September 2, 2010 4:27 p.m.
 

The California Coastal Commission will stage the 26th Annual California Coastal Cleanup Day on Saturday, Sept. 25 from 9 a.m. to noon at more than 800 locations in California.

Tens of thousands of Californians will gather along the beaches, shorelines, and inland waterways of the state to clear away the debris that has been deposited over the past year.

Coastal Cleanup Day is also the kick-off event for "COASTWEEKS," a three-week celebration of California's coasts and waterways.

Last year, 80,622 Coastal Cleanup volunteers (a new record) collected almost 1.4 million pounds of trash and recyclables.

Covering more than 2,400 miles of coast and inland shoreline in 52 counties around the state, the 2009 cleanup also had the largest geographic reach ever achieved.

In 2010, the Coastal Commission will introduce a "BYO for CCD" Initiative, asking cleanup volunteers to bring their own bucket or reusable bag and gloves from home, instead of using the single-use disposable supplies that are provided at every site. The commission is attempting to reduce the waste created by the cleanup to improve the environmental impact of the event.

In 2009, cleanup volunteers used more than 130,000 plastic bags and almost 150,000 plastic gloves, all of which became more trash. The commission hopes to reduce these numbers significantly over the next two years.

Cleanups will take place at more than 800 sites on California beaches, bays, rivers, creeks, parks, roadsides, and highways.

Call the local coordinator for exact locations and other site-specific information.

For further details, visit coast4u.org.

"Stewardship of our coast and oceans should not take place only once a year," said Eben Schwartz, outreach
manager for the California Coastal Commission. "The Coastal Commission is hoping that our new BYO campaign will help educate our volunteers about how easy it is to make simple behavioral changes that can have year-round impact.

"Through social networking, the commission will foster an ongoing conversation about how we can all make simple changes that positively affect ocean health. These small changes have an huge impact on the health of our environment."

The statewide event is presented by the California Coastal Commission with major statewide support from Crystal Geyser, Oracle and Whole Foods Market. Additional support comes from Nature's Path and Waste Management. Other sponsors include Natracare, KPMG, See's Candies, and Fairmont Hotels and Resorts.

Northern California media sponsors include KFOG Radio and KPIX/CW Bay Area TV. Northern California media support also comes from the San Francisco Department of the Environment, Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy, and Marin County Board of Supervisors.

California Coastal Cleanup Day 2010 is supported by the California Coastal Commission, California State Parks Foundation, and the Ocean Conservancy. This event is made possible by the hard work of hundreds of local non-profits and government agencies throughout the state and tens of thousands of volunteers annually.

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