Volunteers Pick Up Beaches After Fourth of July Party

Among the items left behind: a BBQ, a marshmallow gun and a fake moustache

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    Crowds of locals and tourists alike spent Fourth of July along the San Diego coastline and left behind thousands of pounds of trash.

    On Friday, several hundred volunteers spent the morning picking up after the party.

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    The Surfrider Foundation estimated 12,685 cigarette butts were picked up from San Diego County beaches.

    That’s just part of the 2300 pounds of trash and 195 pounds of recyclables the group says it cleared from the beaches Friday.

    In Ocean Beach, most of what was left after the traditional Fourth of July Marshmallow Fight was gooey.

    “Just look at it. I live here. It's a disaster,” said Chuck Hardwick of Ocean Beach.

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    Don’t paint Hardwick a victim just yet.

    “I feel guilty because I was out here but I feel I should pick up what I threw,” he admits.

    City crews got up early to pick up the trash left behind in Mission Beach filling dozens of trash bags to capacity.

    Locals say it could have been worse---but thanks to large cardboard trash boxes on the beach and an outlaw on drinking each year seems to get better.

    “Back a couple years ago when you could drink it was bad. People just didn't care,” said Steven Bennett of Mission Beach.

    Cleanups were held at Belmont Park, Crystal Pier and Ocean Beach Pier, and the beach at the south harbor jetty in Oceanside.

    Along with the cigarette butts, Surfrider Foundation organizers say they collected 764 plastic bags and 1,163 pieces of Styrofoam.

    Here’s the group’s breakdown:

    Ocean Beach Pier
    168 volunteers
    2,395 cigarette butts
    407 plastic bags
    131 styrofoam pieces
    1,802 lbs trash
    32 lbs recycling
    Most unusual item(s): BBQ, marshmallows and marshmallow guns

    Belmont Park
    190 volunteers
    8,911 cigarette butts
    298 plastic bags
    703 styrofoam pieces
    389 lbs of trash
    125 lbs of recycling
    Most unusual items: fake mustache, glow sticks, pipe, landline telephone base, TV (x2), golf tees

    Crystal Pier
    57 volunteers
    109 lbs trash
    Oceanside Harbor
    54 volunteers
    1,379 cigarette butts
    59 plastic bags
    329 styrofoam pieces
    72 lbs trash
    38 lbs recycling