Thousands of Coastal Cleanup Day Volunteers to Participate in World’s Largest Trash Pickup
Orange County Coastkeeper to co-host first-ever after party
WHAT: Thousands of volunteers across California will head to beaches, bays and inland waters to leave them sparkling on Coastal Cleanup Day – part of the world’s largest trash pickup. Orange County families, friends and businesses will come together during the three-hour event to do their part in maintaining a healthy environment for all to enjoy.
For the first time, Orange County Coastkeeper and the California State Parks will host a post-cleanup celebration at Huntington State Beach. The Trash Free OC Jamboree event will feature educational games and activities, prizes and food trucks. The event is free, but a portion of proceeds from food sales will be donated to Coastkeeper and to Bolsa Chica and Huntington State Beaches to support environmental education efforts.
WHY: Trash from inland communities travels to the coast via rivers and storm drains. Trash cleanups stand as a last line of defense to prevent this debris from polluting the water and harming wildlife. Last year, nearly 7,000 Orange County volunteers collected more than 42,000 pounds of trash and recyclable materials during the three-hour event across all parts of Orange County. This year, Coastkeeper expects an even bigger turnout and more trash recovered.
- Julia Williams, cleanup director for Orange County Coastkeeper
- Official comments from Orange County Coastkeeper can be obtained either by attending the cleanup at Towers 8 and 9 or calling Lauren Zerweck, 619-315-1905.
- Thousands of volunteers across 47 cleanup sites in Orange County
WHERE: Lifeguard Towers 8 and 9 at the Magnolia Street Entrance
Huntington Beach, CA 92646
WHEN: Saturday, September 17
- Trash Cleanup: 9 a.m. – 11:30 p.m.
- Trash Free OC Jamboree: 11:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
ORANGE COUNTY COASTKEEPER: Orange County Coastkeeper is a member of the International Waterkeeper Alliance, which has 236 different independent programs across 29 countries. Founded in 1999, the mission of Coastkeeper is to protect and promote sustainable water resources that are swimmable, drinkable, and fishable. Coastkeeper is a nonprofit clean water organization that serves as a proactive steward of our fresh- and saltwater ecosystems. We work collaboratively with diverse groups in the public and private sectors to achieve healthy, accessible, and sustainable water resources for the region. We implement innovative, effective programs in education, advocacy, restoration, research, enforcement, and conservation. For more information, visit www.coastkeeper.org or call 714-850-1965.