In 2014, 200 temporary trash and recycling bins were placed at Pacific Beach, Mission Beach, Mission Bay, and Ocean Beach over the Memorial Day, 4th of July, and Labor Day holiday weekends, where they were heavily used by beachgoers to protect our coastline. Beachgoers properly disposed of and recycled 145,000 pounds of would-be litter in these bins. Thank you to all program supporters, including City of San Diego Think Blue, PB Shoreclub, Typhoon Saloon, The Heller Foundation, SeaWorld San Diego, Sandbar, Tavern at the Beach, Rubio’s, Anheuser Busch, VAVi, Mission Beach Women’s Club, and Bar West, as well as all those responsible beach visitors who help us to prevent litter!

Stay tuned for more information later this summer, as the bins will once more be placed right on the sand over the Labor Day holiday weekend. If you are not sure what to put into the recycling bin, the following items are recyclable in San Diego County: aluminum cans and aluminum foil, clean dry paper and cardboard, glass of any color and size, and hard plastics such as a two liter soda bottle, personal water bottle, or plastic party cups. Some common items mistaken for recycling that should actually go into the trash include styrofoam, paper cups, and plastic bags or wrappers.

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20  Nov
Welcome!

The San Diego Clean Beach Coalition (SDCBC) is a collaboration of local non-profit organizations and city agencies focused on coastal stewardship, raising awareness of beach litter issues and preventing marine debris.

Enjoy your bash, but can your trash!
This summer over popular holiday weekends, hundreds of thousands of beachgoers head to the beaches and bays for some fun in the sun over their holiday weekend. I Love A Clean San Diego leads the Clean Beach Coalition alongside partners at FreePB.org and City of San Diego Parks and Recreation, lifeguards, police, and park rangers to ensure San Diegans have a safe and litter-free summer in San Diego. Over Memorial Day, 4th of July, and Labor Day holidays weekends, the coalition places 200 temporary trash and recycling bins directly on the sand at Ocean Beach, Mission Beach and Bay, and Pacific Beach to meet the demand from locals and tourists alike that flocked to the coast over the long weekend. With this added infrastructure, we ask San Diegans and tourists alike to be responsible with their trash and to recycle. Easy, convenient, and readily available bins make it simple to make the right choice when disposing of your trash. Over Summer 2013, 353,000 pounds of trash and recyclables were disposed of in the proper bins and trash cans, preventing litter by the ton from contaminating our beaches and our ocean.

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Let’s keep the tradition going in 2014!! The Clean Beach Coalition is looking for community minded sponsors to support this valuable program. If you would like to become a 2014 Clean Beach Coalition sponsor, contact Natalie Roberts at I Love A Clean San Diego. More information is available in the sponsorship packet, including levels of giving and associated benefits. As a Clean Beach Coalition sponsor, you have the only opportunity in San Diego to advertise directly on the beach, where your logo will be seen by hundreds of thousands of beachgoers! Whether you swim, surf, sunbathe, or bbq, keep the beaches you love clean and healthy to preserve your San Diego lifestyle all summer long!

Prevent litter by following these steps for a sustainable day at the beach…

You can go one step further by preventing trash in the first place by switching from single use disposable snacks, beverages, and coolers to reusable alternatives. Aim to bring a reusable water bottle you can refill while at the beach or wherever you go. Snacks can be kept in tupperware or reusable snack bags instead of individually packaged, wasteful alternatives. And when you pack up your cooler, save money and cut down on waste by investing in a reusable cooler rather than a styrofoam cooler. Styrofoam coolers don’t last, and break down quickly into small pieces that harm marine wildlife. Click here for more ways to prep for a sustainable day at the beach!

Why is the Clean Beach Coalition important?

Each summer season, non-profit organizations, local government agencies, and corporate groups join forces in an effort to prevent the hordes of litter that contaminate our treasured coastline every summer. Due to the sheer volume of people and the trash that comes along with everyone at the beach, trash cans often overflow quickly, giving everyone an excuse not to pick up any of their waste. This leads to a stadium mentality, where everyone throws their trash on the ground, thinking it will be someone else’s responsibility. In addition, traditionally beaches do not have recycling available for plastic bottles, cans, or glass causing all of these items to be wasted in a trash can. Recycling is extremely important, as it saves natural resources including plastics made from oil, and additionally saves space in our already over-crowded landfills.

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The San Diego Clean Beach Coalition, a project of I Love A Clean San Diego, FreePB.org, and the City of San Diego Parks & Recreation Department has been busy this summer working to keep our most popular beaches free of trash! The Coalition’s efforts have results in the placement of more than 200 temporary trash and recycling bins, which were purchased to handle the influx of trash and recyclables that accompany the large crowds over summer holiday weekends. This much needed infrastructure prevents litter, overflowing trash cans, and lack of recycling opportunities available at local beaches.

This year, thanks to our generous sponsors, we were able to expand the program into a third holiday weekend, and placed the bins at Ocean Beach, Mission Beach, Mission Bay, and Pacific Beach over Memorial Day weekend. These bins were placed conveniently on the sand, giving thousands of beachgoers the opportunity to make the responsible choice when disposing of trash at the beach. A total of more than 23,000 pounds of trash and 2,000 pounds of recycling were properly disposed of in these bins this Memorial Day weekend!

Over Fourth of July weekend, the Clean Beach Coalition stepped up its efforts with more than 100 trash & Recycle bins placed along the beach. These bins collected a staggering 250,920 pounds of debris over a four day period! In addition to infrastructure, the Clean Beach Coalition aimed to prevent litter by creating and disseminating educational messaging reminding San Diegans about litter prevention techniques to incorporate into their weekend and their daily lives. These efforts prevented tons of trash from polluting our beaches and threatening ocean health, but also helped to educate thousands of beachgoers!

The last hurrah of the 2013 summer season is Labor Day weekend, and the Clean Beach Coalition is poised to finish the summer on a high note. I Love A Clean San Diego, FreePB.org and the City of San Diego Parks & Recreation Department will again disseminate more than 50 trash and recycle bins along the beach. Large pollution prevention banners will also be placed at main lifeguard stations as well as sponsoring restaurants & bars in Pacific Beach.

The Clean Beach Coalition reminds you to enjoy the scene, but keep it clean. Dispose of all trash and recycling in the temporary receptacles on the sand!

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San Diego, CA – In anticipation of this year’s Memorial Day kicking off a busy summer season, non-profit organizations, government agencies, and local businesses have come together in an effort to prevent the influx of litter that contaminates our treasured coastline every summer. The San Diego Clean Beach Coalition (CBC), led by I Love A Clean San Diego, will be expanding its pollution prevention effort by placing temporary trash and recycle bins on the sand for Memorial Day weekend. This is the first time that Memorial Day weekend has been included since the campaign began in 2007. FreePB, who first initiated this bin program, are still actively involved as partners in the annual effort to keep our most popular beaches clean.

The Clean Beach Coalition will work with City of San Diego’s Park & Recreation Department to place hundreds of temporary trash and recycle receptacles on beaches of Ocean Beach, Mission Beach, Mission Bay and Pacific Beach. These bins make it easy for people to “enjoy their bash, while canning their trash”, and ensure that there is plenty of space for everyone’s waste.

The Clean Beach Coalition is a collaboration of local non-profit organizations and city agencies focused on coastal stewardship, raising awareness of beach litter issues and preventing marine debris. CBC objectives include: creating awareness of the resources available for beachgoers to properly dispose of their trash during holiday celebrations, educating the community about pollution prevention through signage at local businesses, increasing recycling, and educating people planning to visit the beaches about the rules and regulations.

Major support for this year’s expanded pollution prevention efforts come from Pacific Beach Shore Club and Think Blue – City of San Diego’s Storm Water & Transportation Department. A few new sponsors are also helping to offset the cost of these bins, including Typhoon Saloon, SeaWorld San Diego, Northrup Grumman, The Heller Foundation of San Diego and Rubio’s. They are joining the ranks of returning sponsors Lahaina’s, Vavi, Bar West, and car2go to keep our beaches free from trash this summer.

The SDBC advises beach goers to avoid bringing Styrofoam and plastic bottles, bags and wrappers to the beaches as these can harm wildlife and are not biodegradable. Instead, bring reusable coolers, containers and water bottles and be sure to dispose of all trash and recyclables. Additional information about the campaign is available at www.CleanBeachCoalition.org

I Love A Clean San Diego is the go-to organization for programs that enhance and conserve the local environment. Through recycling, education and cleanups of our most beloved areas, I Love A Clean San Diego is the only community-based organization dedicated to the future of the entire county – from inland to the coast, in every community, for generations to come. For more information, visit www.cleansd.org.
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22  May
Party On Patriots!

Show your patriotism these Memorial Day and 4th of July weekends by respecting the land upon which you celebrate! Despite the beach alcohol ban imposed in January 2008, the type of trash has changed, but not the amount. Based on our beach cleanup data, we have identified a few items that lead to the most beach trash and thought up easy replacements for you AND THE BEACH to have a good time.

What NOT to bring:
-Styrofoam: I know that cooler is super cheap, but Styrofoam is one of our top finds in our beach cleanups. It breaks up into tiny little pieces and flies into storm drains, bushes, the ocean, etc. It is not only unsightly and difficult to pick up, but it poses a threat to wildlife who mistake it for food. San Diego does not recycle Styrofoam, and Styrofoam is estimated to take over 500 years to biodegrade. Thus, every piece you ever use will be around for the next 5 generations of your own family!

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-Plastic bottles: It may seem easy and convenient to bring your Sprite and Coke in those small individual plastic bottles, but try to opt for metal cans that are more cost-effective recyclables. Plastic is one of our Top Three Beach Trash items found in huge quantities at our cleanups and like Styrofoam, takes at least 500 years to biodegrade.

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-Cigarettes: We collected 60,271 cigarette butts in 2012 and it has been illegal to smoke on San Diego beaches since 2006! If you must smoke, at least be responsible and get your butt in the trash can.

-Plastic Bags: These are so lightweight they will be out of your sight and into the sea in no time.

-Plastic-wrapped food: Try to avoid things that are heavily packaged in what will become trash! You won’t want to deal with it during your celebration, nor will the other patriots when it flies into their “O, Say Can You See”-singing mouths.

What to bring:
-Reusable Cooler: This will be a good way to haul out trash once the beverages are gone!

-Tupperware: Pack sandwiches and pasta salad and other homemade goodies in Tupperware, then you can just stack and wash them later.

-Reusable water bottle: Buy your water/beverages in bulk and then you can refill your bottle throughout the day.

-Reusable bag: Pack it in, Pack it out!

-Trash bags: If you are going to create trash, be prepared and have a place to stash it. It is likely someone didn’t bring their own bag and they trekked in tons of plastic bags. Ask around, make friends and you could reuse a plastic bag from another beach go-er. You can always reuse an empty chip bag for a trash bag; get creative!

-Finger Food and Napkins: Plastic utensils are not recyclable; what a waste of our precious non-renewable resources! Bring food that doesn’t require silverware. If you’re dead-set on coleslaw, bring chop sticks. You can always bring silverware from home and toss it back in the cooler with the Tupperware at the end of the day. Just make sure to have friends over the next day to help with the dishes.

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Thank you for taking the time and care to reduce the amount of trash we create! It is a time to respect out history, our progress, our service members, and yes, to party with friends. It is not too much to ask to plan ahead and take responsibility for the trash you create at your own celebration.

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If you’ve ever been to Pacific Beach, chances are that you’ve probably been to Pacific Beach Shore Club at least once. It’s a landmark situated right on the boardwalk with cheap beer and killer sunsets. But what you probably don’t know is that PB Shore Club is committed to the community. Since the Clean Beach Coalition started its temporary bin program, PB Shore Club has always donated money to the cause. But this year, they took it a step further. The Clean Beach Coalition is proud to announce that Pacific Beach Shore Club is the title sponsor of this year’s Clean Beach Coalition bin program. Their donation will help us to purchase more than 200 temporary trash and recycle bins that Parks & Recreation will place on the beach for Independence Day and Labor Day weekends.

Thanks PB Shore Club for your commitment to keeping our beaches FREE FROM TRASH!

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That’s right, the San Diego Clean Beach Coalition is at it again in 2011, with a handful of great community-minded businesses coming together to support our efforts. We’re in the home stretch of raising the funds necessary to provide adequate trash & recycling bins for the 4th of July holiday weekend as well as Labor Day weekend in September.

Do you appreciate a clean beach? What is it worth to you? Maybe you should consider donating to our fund to supply popular local beaches with enough infrastructure to contain all the debris left by beachgoers.

Contact Morgan Justice-Black (mjusticeblack@cleansd.org, 619.704.2772) at I Love A Clean San Diego if you’d like to donate.

With your support, we can make this year the cleanest summer on record!

Posted by SDCBC, filed under Uncategorized. Date: May 23, 2011, 9:33 am | No Comments »

The San Diego Clean Beach Coalition succeeded in keeping popular beaches cleaner this year for the holiday weekend. With close to 200 temporary trash and recycle bins scattered throughout Pacific Beach, Mission Beach, Mission Bay, and Ocean Beach, beachgoers had an easy and convenient way to dispose of their trash. The bins were heavily used and the City of San Diego’s Parks & Recreation Department should have numbers on the total tons of debris collected in these bins in the coming days.

The Clean Beach Coalition also supported the San Diego Chapter of the Surfrider Foundation’s Morning After Mess Cleanup, which brought together close to 1,000 volunteers to clean up beaches after the holiday weekend. Most commonly found items included cigarette butts and plastic bags. A spokesperson from Surfrider Foundation commented that the beaches were noticeably cleaner this year, when compared to years prior when alcohol was still permitted.

Stay tuned for more information on the San Diego Clean Beach Coalition’s efforts throughout the summer, including Labor Day plans.

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San Diego, CA – As the Fourth of July holiday weekend draws near, the San Diego Clean Beach Coalition is poised to prevent the pollution problem that plagues area beaches during major summer holidays. The Coalition has raised close to $15,000 from local businesses and government agencies to support the purchase and placement of more than 200 temporary trash and recycle bins for the Independence Day and Labor Day holidays. Look for these temporary cardboard bins on the sand in the areas of Ocean Beach, Mission Beach, Mission Bay Park, and Pacific Beach.

Beach litter has been a problem over the last few years, prompting the Coalition to develop education and outreach tactics to tackle marine debris. Last year, the City of San Diego Parks & Recreation Department reported that crews removed 396,000 pounds of trash from temporary and permanent bins after the holiday weekend. While City infrastructure proves sufficient to collect debris on typical weekends, the large influx of beachgoers over holiday weekends prompted the San Diego Clean Beach Coalition to get involved.
The Clean Beach Coalition, which consists of local environmental organizations, community groups, and government agencies, has come together for the third consecutive year to raise awareness of beach litter issues and prevent marine debris. Clean Beach Coalition member agencies include: FreePB.org, I Love A Clean San Diego, San Diego Coastkeeper, the San Diego Chapter of Surfrider Foundation as well as the City of San Diego Parks & Recreation Department. This year’s efforts would not be possible without the support of generous supporters, including Think Blue – City of San Diego Storm Water Department, San Diego County Board of Supervisors – Pam Slater-Price, and Pacific Beach Shore Club.

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Los Angeles based environmental organization, Heal The Bay just came out with their annual California Beach Bummer list which includes the top 10 dirtiest beaches. The good news…only one beach in San Diego County made the list. The bad news…the beach is part of one of San Diego’s finest features, Mission Bay Park. Vacation Isle North Cove Beach was named #9 on this year’s dirty beach list. Thankfully, the San Diego Clean Beach Coalition is here to help prevent these dirty beaches by providing temporary trash and recycling containers this summer. The Coalition will be placing over 200 bins for both the Independence Day and Labor Day weekends, giving beachgoers an easy and painless way to properly dispose of their trash.

The full story about all ten of California’s “Beach Bummers” is available here: http://bit.ly/clOD2q

And it’s not too late to support our efforts! Contact Morgan Justice-Black at 619.291.0103 to learn more about supporting the San Diego Clean Beach Coalition.

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