Wednesday, Sept. 24, 2014 – San Diego – An estimated 8,000 volunteers gathered at a record 106 sites on Saturday, Sept. 20 for the County’s largest annual volunteer event, the 30th Annual Coastal Cleanup Day (CCD). Coastal Cleanup Day is part of a statewide cleanup event that engages more than 60,000 volunteers across California. Locally, CCD is coordinated by environmental non-profit I Love A Clean San Diego. This year, volunteers cleaned more sites than any year in the past, and in doing so, demonstrated the continued importance of keeping San Diego’s communities clean and beautiful.
Throughout the day, volunteers removed trash and recycling from coastal, inland, canyon and urban sites throughout the County. In total, volunteers collected roughly 175,000 pounds of trash and recycling from a record 106 sites ranging from Fallbrook to Otay Mesa and Ocean Beach to Alpine. This is more than double the 45 cleanup sites in all of Los Angeles County on Coastal Cleanup Day. More than 65 percent of San Diego’s cleanup sites are situated inland to illustrate a key event message: 80 percent of the trash that ends up in the ocean originates from inland sources; it then travels through San Diego’s watersheds to the coast. The most unusual items found as part of this year’s event included: a live mouse stuck inside a glass bottle, a prosthetic leg and an IV bag.
Volunteers kicked off the 30th Annual Coastal Cleanup Day at Chollas Creek Crossing, a new pocket park under development in the community of Encanto. More than 275 volunteers were joined by elected officials, including Congresswoman Susan Davis, Assemblymember Dr. Shirley Weber, Supervisor Greg Cox and City Councilmember Myrtle Cole. San Diego Gas & Electric volunteers made up more than one third of the volunteer contingent at this site and were able to rally support from 450+ employees who volunteered at four sites throughout the region. Participants helped beautify local communities through urban renewal – planting trees and shrubs, removing non-native plants, stenciling storm drains, mulching and of course, picking up trash. CCD allows volunteers an opportunity to give back to their neighborhoods and serves as an educational activity for children and adults alike.
The City of San Diego proclaimed Saturday, Sept. 20th, 2014 to be “I Love A Clean San Diego 60th Anniversary Day” throughout the City of San Diego. In addition, the County of San Diego proclaimed the day “California Coastal Cleanup Day” throughout San Diego County. Coastal Cleanup Day is a statewide event managed by the California Coastal Commission and coordinated locally by I Love A Clean San Diego. This year’s event was made possible through the support of presenting sponsor City of San Diego’s Storm Water and Transportation Department – Think Blue with additional support from San Diego Gas & Electric, the County of San Diego and many more. Additional information about Coastal Cleanup Day will be posted in the coming days on the event website, www.CleanupDay.org.
About I Love A Clean San Diego (ILACSD)
Celebrating its 60th anniversary, I Love A Clean San Diego (ILACSD) is the go-to organization for programs that enhance and conserve San Diego County’s environment. Through recycling, education and cleanups of the region’s most beloved areas, ILACSD provides pollution prevention programs that pave the way for a cleaner and healthier San Diego right now, and for future generations.
In 2013, ILACSD with the support of 30,505 volunteers, removed 220 tons of debris from San Diego communities, conducted 219 cleanups and gave 600 education presentations reaching 31,000 people. ILACSD is an award-winning, environmental program innovator, with recent recognition from Keep America Beautiful. The organization’s innovative programs and initiatives prove ILACSD is a leader in the environmental movement. For more information, to volunteer or donate, visit www.cleansd.org or call (619) 291-0103. Connect with us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.