Volunteers are always up to the most interesting and useful things. This weekend they answered the call of the California Coastal Commission and were an active part of the Coastal Cleanup Day. Their task for Saturday was to clean up the Californian beaches and do something good for the environment.
Thousands of volunteers showed up on Saturday, September 17, for the Coastal Cleanup Day. This is an event which is organized every year, and this weekend was its thirty-second edition. According to the statistics showing the outcome, it was one of the most successful editions in the history of the event.
The results of the hard work on Saturday look like this: more than nine hundred sites were cleaned up, over five hundred thousand pounds of trash were collected, as well as fifty thousand pounds of recyclable materials. All of these together make approximately three hundred tons of waste. This is a record for the volunteers and the Coastal Cleanup Day event.
According to officials, one of the most pressing problems was the significant quantity of cigarette butts. Specialists try to raise awareness among beach goers, tourists and people who smoke that throwing cigarettes away in open spaces is one of the most damaging things one can do for the environment. They explain that cigarette butts contain chemicals which can resist in the environment for years, and they are most likely to end up on the beach, or in the ocean.
Another initiative from the planners was to reduce the number of trash bags used at the event. This is why they suggested that volunteers should bring their own reusable trash bags and buckets for the Coastal Cleanup Day. Every site could offer them such items, but they intended not to waste money and materials. As a result, the organization managed to order less and less trash bags over the years.
The Coastal Cleanup Day event happened thanks to volunteers and sponsors. While people cleaned up the beaches, they had snacks and water provided by the event’s sponsors. Volunteers worked hard but also had fun together. They didn’t find only trash on the beach, but also peculiar items, such as a fish in a suitcase filled with water in San Diego and a backpack with crabs in Half Moon Bay.
If you want to participate in a similar event, you can sign up next year for the Coastal Cleanup Day.
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