A Group Effort to Keep Beaches Clean

Local environmental groups brace for busy July 4th weekend

By Jill Duran
|  Wednesday, Jun 29, 2011  |  Updated 1:57 PM PDT
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A Group Effort to Keep Beaches Clean

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As the Fourth of July weekend approaches, local environmental groups are preparing for what’s often San Diego’s messiest holiday.

The San Diego Clean Beach Coalition announced Wednesday morning that it had raised close to $15,000 from local businesses and governments to help prevent excess trash this weekend.

The SDCBC, composed of I Love a Clean San Diego, San Diego Coastkeeper, FreePB.org, San Diego Parks & Recreation Department, and the Surfrider Foundation, will roll out 110 temporary trash bins and 90 recycling bins for Fourth of July festivities.

“Last year, there were 440,00 pounds of debris in the trash cans, and all of that was able to be properly disposed of because of the trash bins that were placed on the beach” said Natalie Roberts of I Love a Clean San Diego.

The coalition has also made a list of do’s and don’ts to help beachgoers plan ahead for ways to avoid trashing the beaches.

Roberts suggested easy swaps such as “putting snacks in Tupperware rather than bags, reusable coolers as opposed to one-time-use Styrofoam coolers, and bringing reusable water bottles.”

As much as the SDCBC prefers no trash be left behind, a morning-after clean up is organized every year at five locations throughout San Diego County.

This year, the cleanups will take place at the pier in Ocean Beach, Belmont Park in Mission Beach, PB Drive in Pacific Beach, Ponto Beach in South Carlsbad and the South Harbor Jetty in Oceanside.

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