The environmental organization Heal the Bay is seeking volunteers from throughout the region to help remove trash along Los Angeles County beaches and inland waterways as part of the 21st annual Coastal Cleanup Day Saturday, Sept. 25.
Tens of thousands of Southland residents are expected to participate from 9 a.m. to noon at more than 60 cleanup sites, including Marina del Rey and Playa del Rey. Volunteers will canvass beaches, parks, creeks, lakes, highways and alleys to help remove ocean-bound trash and beautify neighborhoods.
The event is organized by Santa Monica based Heal the Bay in Los Angeles County in partnership with the California Coastal Commission. The Los Angeles area campaign is part of an international event led by the Ocean Conservancy that encompasses six million volunteers in 90 countries and throughout the U.S., according to Heal the Bay.
This year’s sponsors include Union Bank of California, the Grousbeck Foundation, KTLA5, the city of Santa Monica, Neutrogena, ClifBar and Subaru.
Coastal Cleanup Day volunteers have collected more than one million pounds of trash in Los Angeles County since 1990’s inaugural event. By removing debris from beaches and inland neighborhoods, clean-up participants help reduce blight, protect marine animals and bolster the regional economy, said a Heal the Bay spokesman.
“The ocean needs us now more than ever and we all have a duty to protect it,” said Eveline Bravo, beach programs manager for Heal the Bay. “A single day of concerted action and education can make a world of difference.”
There will be SCUBA dive sites in Santa Monica and a kayak effort in Marina del Rey.
A Google map of all clean-up sites can be found at www.healthebay.org/ccd/.
Subaru, an event sponsor, will be hosting special test drive and sweepstakes events throughout the county to benefit Heal the Bay and raise awareness about the clean-up. Other community building activities include Give Back to the Beach, a food truck festival; the L.A. Craft Beer Crawl curated by food critic Jonathan Gold; as well as a sunrise yoga session and three electronic waste drop-off/recycling collections.
Volunteers of all ages and physical abilities are sought and no special equipment or experience is necessary. Participants are encouraged to bring their own bucket or reusable bag and gloves from home to collect debris. The “BYO to CC” campaign hopes to reduce the waste created by the distribution of single-use disposable clean-up supplies.