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Coastal Cleanup Day 2019

September 21, 2019 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm


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Coastal Cleanup Day is the world’s largest volunteer day to protect our environment. Heal the Bay invites you to take part on Saturday, September 21, 2019. Volunteers from all over the world will do their part to clean local beaches, rivers, creeks and parks.

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Not sure which site to choose? These Coastal Cleanup Day sites could use some extra help:  Gardena Willows Wetland Preserve • South LA – John Muir Library • Crenshaw – YMCA of Los Angeles • Ballona Creek Bike Path – Syd Kronenthal Park • Ballona Creek Bike Path – Sepulveda Blvd • LA River – Bowtie State Park • Ballona Creek Bike Path – Duquesne Ave • LA River – Lewis MacAdams Riverfront Park • Lunada Bay BeachPlaya del Rey – Toes Beach

Our 30th Anniversary of Coastal Cleanup Day

In 2019, Heal the Bay is celebrating our 30th year coordinating Coastal Cleanup Day in Los Angeles County. Are you interested in being part of this year’s cleanup and celebration? It’s easy to participate. No special equipment or experience is necessary, and all are welcome! Consider signing up as a sponsor if you’d like to get more involved.

At last year’s Coastal Cleanup Day, Heal the Bay organized 13,464 volunteers and removed 59,600 pounds of trash and debris from L.A. County in a three-hour time span. Throughout the State of California, 66,535 volunteers removed 839,629 pounds of debris, on this day of action. And worldwide, 1,080,358 volunteers removed over 23 million pounds of trash and debris. See the types of beach trash volunteers often find, and view last year’s results in Los Angeles County, statewide in California and worldwide.

Removing pollution from the natural environment helps protect biodiversity. This year’s Coastal Cleanup Day poster, created by Aaron Gonzalez, celebrates local wildlife species found right here in L.A. County and highlights how our winding waterways connect many unique habitats from summit to sea. Download and share our poster: English, Spanish, Korean!

Here are Heal the Bay’s cleanup sites in L.A. County:

Check out all of the available cleanup sites in California and globally.

Tips for having a wonderful Coastal Cleanup Day 2019:

  • Try carpooling, ridesharing, biking or taking mass transit to avoid parking and traffic jams – and, please arrive early.
  • “BYO”—Help us reduce waste by bringing your own buckets, reusable bags and gloves to pick up trash. However, cleanup supplies will be available at each site.
  • Bring a reusable water bottle and wear sun block, a hat and sunglasses.
  • We’re organizing a Sock Drive, at our Santa Monica sites, in support of people experiencing homelessness. You can drop off new and gently used socks, which will be donated to West Coast Care.
  • When you take part in Coastal Cleanup Day you get FREE admission to our Heal the Bay Aquarium under the Santa Monica Pier.
  • We’ve launched a Change.org petition that urges the California Senate and Assembly to approve the California Circular Economy and Plastic Pollution Reduction Act. Over 400,000 signatures have been gathered so far and our goal is to reach 500,000 by Coastal Cleanup Day. Add your voice!

About Coastal Cleanup Day

Coastal Cleanup Day is an international day of action to protect our oceans, watersheds and wildlife from trash and debris. This massive volunteering effort has an astounding impact on many of our local natural habitats and communities. Heal the Bay proudly coordinates cleanup locations in Los Angeles County in association with Ocean Conservancy and California Coastal Commission.

Heal the Bay seeks volunteers of all ages and physical abilities to participate; no training or experience is necessary. Participants are advised to carpool, rideshare, bike or take mass transit – and to get there early! Heal the Bay Site Captains will organize a diverse mix of individuals, families, neighborhoods, community groups, schools, faith-based groups, sports teams, businesses and more.

Data from the annual Coastal Cleanup Day event points at single-use plastic pollution as a major local and global issue. Cigarette butts, plastic food wrappers, and plastic beverage bottles/caps remain the top items found by Coastal Cleanup Day volunteers. Other common items include plastic bags, plastic straws and stirrers, plastic take-out containers, plastic lids, and foam take-out containers.

Nearly 80 percent of pollution in our marine environment comes from the land. Runoff from more than 200,000 storm drains on L.A. streets flows out to the Pacific Ocean causing the majority of local ocean pollution. By removing tons of pollution from inland neighborhoods, in addition to beaches and waterways, cleanup participants reduce blight, protect marine animals and boost the regional economy.

See the worldwide reach of the International Coastal Cleanup, and read the 2019 Report.

A big thank you to our 2019 Coastal Cleanup Day sponsors!


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September 21, 2019
9:00 am - 12:00 pm
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Interested in doing a private beach cleanup? Check out our Suits on the Sand and Adopt-A-Beach experiences.

Wanna roll up your sleeves and become a Heal the Bay Volunteer? We have five distinct volunteer programs that we offer. Each program has a specific training associated with it, as well as its own volunteer roles. Aquarium – Aquarium volunteers work at our Santa Monica Pier Aquarium. They support various public programs from interpreting at touch tanks to ensuring the success of private events. They also attend outreach events and represent Heal the Bay all over Los Angeles. Beach – Beach Captain volunteers support our large Nothin’ But Sand beach cleanups that occur every third Saturday of the month. They are also involved in other beach programs like Suits on the Sand, and have the opportunity to attend Coastal Cleanup Day Site Captain training. Outreach – These volunteers take Heal the Bay knowledge all over Los Angeles. Speakers Bureau volunteers present in classrooms, in business meetings, at beach cleanups, festivals and more. Community Science – MPA Watch Volunteers survey marine protected areas (MPAs) in Malibu and Palos Verdes. They monitor, collect data, and get to walk along some of California’s most stunning beaches. Youth – Middle and high school students register their school club with Club Heal the Bay to be part of a larger environmental advocacy community. In return, clubs receive recognition and rewards for their civic action projects. To get started as a Heal the Bay volunteer, attend a Volunteer Orientation.

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