Countdown to Coastal Trash Extinction

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California Coastal Cleanup Day
California Coastal Cleanup Day

The California Coastal Commission has announced that the 29th Annual California Coastal Cleanup Day, the state’s largest volunteer event, will take place on Saturday, September 21, 2013.

The event is expected to draw more than 70,000 volunteers who will combat marine debris at over 800 locations throughout the state by removing the trash that has accumulated on California’s beaches and inland shorelines over the past year.

Newport Beach sites include Balboa Beach, Upper Newport Bay, and Crystal Cove.

To raise awareness and prompt volunteers to register for the Cleanup, the Commission will launch a “Countdown to Trash Extinction” campaign on Friday, August 23.

In the 29 days leading up to Coastal Cleanup Day, the Commission will post information on its Facebook page and Twitter feeds to enlist Californians in learning about the trash that litters our coast and inland shorelines: what it is, why it’s so damaging to our aquatic and coastal environments, and what they can do to help keep trash out of our environment throughout the year.

“Some very talented volunteers developed our publicity campaign this year, which has the rallying cry ‘Let’s make trash extinct,’” said Eben Schwartz, Marine Debris Program Manager for the California Coastal Commission. “We want to build on this theme, not just for Coastal Cleanup Day but year-round. Over the course of the 29 days leading up to the Cleanup, we will give everyone in California a thorough education about simple steps they can take to join the battle against marine debris and plastic pollution.”

For a list of Coastal Cleanup Day locations in Orange County, visit the website ocparks.com/about/volunteer/cleanup.

For more information on the Cleanup and the Let’s Make Trash Extinct campaign, visit coastalcleanupday.org.

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