The Santa Monica-based environmental group Heal the Bay is calling on volunteers to assist in its 22nd annual Coastal Cleanup Day Saturday, Sept. 17.
Thousands of Los Angeles County residents are anticipated to join a global cleanup effort, helping to remove trash and debris from more than 60 coastal and inland sites across the county, an area that spans close to 100 square miles.
No special training or equipment is necessary. Heal the Bay encourages volunteers to bring their own buckets, reusable bags and gloves to pick up trash.
“On Coastal Cleanup Day everyone in Los Angeles gets a chance to clear their streets and neighborhoods of debris. Plus it feels good knowing that whatever people pick up that day won’t end up in the ocean,” said Eveline Bravo, manager of Heal the Bay’s beach and Coastal Cleanup programs.
According to Heal the Bay, Coastal Cleanup Day volunteers around the world have collected more than 166 million pieces of debris over the past 27 years. In Los Angeles County, Coastal Cleanup Day volunteers have collected more than one million pounds of trash since the inaugural event in 1990, the environmental non-profit says.
This year Heal the Bay is launching a special mobile-device donation program to support Coastal Cleanup Day. Supporters who are unable to participate directly in the cleanup can still help support the effort with a $5 donation by texting GIVE2CCD to 20222.
Approximately 60 sites have been confirmed this year, including more than 20 inland locations. SCUBA dive sites will include Leo Carrillo State Beach, Redondo Beach and the Santa Monica Pier. There will also be two kayak efforts, one hosted by the Santa Monica Bay Restoration Commission, and the other in Ballona Creek, hosted by REI of Santa Monica, where kayakers will need to pre-register with REI to participate.
California Electronic Waste Recycling Company will collect electronic waste such as computers, monitors and all types of batteries from both Dockweiler State Beach at Tower 59 in Playa del Rey and Will Rogers State Beach.
As a bonus, Coastal Cleanup Day sponsor Ford Motor Co. will offer volunteers at the Dockweiler site test drives of its 2011 models and donate $50 to Heal the Bay for every test drive taken. Volunteers who test drive one of the vehicles will be automatically entered for a chance to win a new eco-friendly Ford.
Heal the Bay is seeking volunteers of all ages and physical abilities, with no experience necessary.
To sign up, http://healthebayccd.eventbrite.com.