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Coastal Commission Hosts 35th Annual Cleanup Day

Tens of thousands of Californians will gather along beaches, shorelines, and inland waterways for the 35th annual California Coastal Cleanup Day on Saturday, Sept. 21 to pick up the trash that has accumulated over the past year.

In 2018, almost 72,000 volunteers removed more than 800,000 pounds of trash and recyclables from 55 counties across the state. The event ranks as the biggest, single day volunteer event on the planet, according to the Guinness Book of World Records.

The cleanup will run from 9 a.m. to noon in most locations. Cleanups will take place at over 1,000 sites on California beaches, bays, rivers, creeks, parks, roadsides, and highways. The California Coastal Commission hosts an interactive map that provides exact locations and other site-specific information. The website also includes a new story map showing the history of the cleanup in honor of the 35th anniversary. For more details, go to:

“Thirty-five years is a long time for any event to maintain success, especially one driven primarily by volunteers,” said Commission Executive Director Jack Ainsworth. “The Coastal Commission is incredibly proud that multiple generations of Californians have shown such dedication to the protection of our coast. The Coastal Cleanup Day story map is a great resource that helps illustrate how much we’ve been able to accomplish together.”

California Coastal Cleanup Day 2019 is supported by the California Coastal Commission, California State Parks Foundation, and Ocean Conservancy. Call (800) COAST-4U for more information.

The Commission is committed to protecting and enhancing California’s coast and ocean for present and future generations. The Coastal Cleanup Day Program is part of its effort to raise public awareness of marine and coastal resources and promote coastal stewardship.