Volunteers Pick Up 100,000-Pounds of Trash in SD

Cleanup crews collected everything from plastic bags to a five-gallon pickle jar

By Monica Garske
|  Sunday, Apr 29, 2012  |  Updated 2:39 PM PDT
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Volunteers Pick Up 100,000-Pounds of Trash in SD

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San Diego is much cleaner now thanks to 5,500 volunteers who helped tidy up the city over the weekend.

Local organization, I Love a Clean San Diego (ILACSD), hosted their 10th annual “Creek to Bay Cleanup” on Saturday where volunteers spanned 88 different locations around San Diego picking up trash.

Volunteers included 1,500 girl scouts, who received a special cleanup badge for their efforts.

The organization said more than 100,000-pounds of trash and debris were picked up by volunteers along local creeks, canyons, parks, bays and beaches.

ILACSD said the most common litter collected this year were cigarette butts and plastic bags.

The quirkiest, most unusual items rounded up by cleanup crews included a rocking horse, a bowling pin and a five-gallon bucket of pickles.

While the event’s main focus was removing trash from San Diego watersheds, ILACSD said volunteers also helped with other beautification projects, including graffiti removal, mural painting and basic brush maintenance.

For information on volunteering for other upcoming cleanup efforts, visit the ILACSD website.

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