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

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

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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.


-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.


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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