The San Diego Clean Beach Coalition, a partnership between I Love A Clean San Diego, Free PB, and the City of San Diego Park and Recreation Department, has said goodbye to summer 2015 by once again keeping our beaches litter-free. The coalition placed 150 large temporary trash and recycling bins on beaches in San Diego over the busiest holiday weekends–Memorial Day, 4th of July, and Labor Day. These bins give beach-goers a way to responsibly dispose of their trash and recycling and prevents trash from becoming litter on our beaches and in our oceans.
The temporary trash and recycle bins had a big impact in 2015–over the 3 holiday weekends, they collected an estimated 500,000 pounds of trash and recycling! That’s 500,000 pounds of debris that may have made its way to the ocean, where it would be devastatingly harmful to marine life. 500,000 pounds is a pretty serious haul: it’s the weight of 150 adult hippos!
In addition to collecting trash, the bins also featured the local beach rules and regulations, as well as the local recycling rules. These rules reminded tens of thousands of beach-goers of ways to take care of their local environment and live a bit more sustainably.
The Clean Beach Coalition also reminds you to pack your reusables before you hit the beach. Bringing things like a reusable water bottle, Tupperware, reusable utensils, a plastic cooler, and cloth napkins helps to reduce the amount of waste making its way to the landfill.
Looking for ways to keep our beaches clean all year long? I Love A Clean San Diego has you covered. Visit www.cleansd.org to learn about upcoming cleanups and ongoing volunteer opportunities.