WHAT IS IT? Coastal Cleanup Day (CCD) is the largest environmental volunteer event in San Diego County each year. The mission of Coastal Cleanup Day (CCD) is to engage volunteers of all ages to remove trash and debris from beaches and waterways; to identify the sources of debris; and ultimately change the behaviors that cause pollution. In San Diego County, CCD occurs on the same day as the statewide California Coastal Cleanup Day, organized by the California Coastal Commission. In addition, CCD is part of International Coastal Cleanup, which last year included includes 97 countries and 550,000 volunteers.
WHO RUNS IT? I Love A Clean San Diego, the longest running environmental nonprofit in the county, has coordinated Coastal Cleanup Day for more than 20 years. ILACSD coordinates Coastal Cleanup Day in September and Creek to Bay in April each year, making them go-to organization for countywide cleanups in San Diego.
WHEN IS IT? On Saturday September 21, 2013 from 9am-12noon, I Love A Clean San Diego will engage roughly 8,000 volunteers at more than 90 cleanup sites. These participants are expected to remove 100 tons of debris from local beaches, bays, creeks, canyons and urban areas.
WHERE IS IT? Cleanups are held at more than 90 coastal and inland cleanup sites throughout San Diego County. Visit our website, www.cleanupday.org for a full list of cleanup sites. Volunteer can join staff, sponsors, and elected officials at the kick off site at Gompers Park in Chollas View.
WHY DO IT? The combination of 3.2 million local residents and year-round tourism contributes to an excessive amount of trash being generated in the San Diego region. Each year thousands of tons of garbage end up on the beaches and in our waterways. 80 percent of this debris comes from land-based sources, travelling through San Diego’s vast watershed system, endangering wildlife and human health. CCD protects our waterways by not only cleaning up at the beaches, but along the rivers, creeks, and canyons to prevent trash from ever reaching the ocean in the first place.
Other Things to Know:
- The top 5 items found in San Diego at Coastal Cleanup Day in 2012 were: cigarette butts (48%), food wrappers (13%), caps & lids (7%), plastic bags (5%), and plastic silverware (3%)
- Coastal Cleanup Day is in its 29th year statewide, and this is I Love A Clean San Diego’s 25th year coordinating the effort in San Diego County!
- Major support for this year’s effort has been provided by San Diego Gas & Electric, who continue to engage the largest corporate volunteer team for Coastal Cleanup Day
- I Love A Clean San Diego asks volunteers to reduce their use by bringing reusable supplies to the event. These include: reusable water bottle for staying hydrated, a reusable bucket or bag to collect trash, and work or garden gloves to keep hands clean.
- All volunteers participating in the effort are eligible for community service credit. Verification forms are provided at each cleanup site.
- Scout patches are available after the event for Boy Scout and Girl Scout troops who participate.
- This year’s Bling your Bucket contest will award youth grades K-6 who have the best decorated reusable bucket at the cleanup.