Coastal Cleanup Day 2019
September 21 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
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. On this day, volunteers from all over the world will do their part to clean local beaches, rivers, creeks and parks.
Heal the Bay is proud to be the official host of cleanup sites in Los Angeles County. It’s easy to participate. No special equipment or experience is necessary, and all are welcome!
Last year, Coastal Cleanup Day in L.A. County brought together 13,464 individuals who removed over 29.8 tons of ocean-bound trash from 78 cleanup sites in 3 hours. See the types of beach trash that volunteers often find, view last year’s results in Los Angeles County and statewide in California, and sign up to receive a Registration Alert.
The 30th Anniversary of Coastal Cleanup Day
In 2019, Heal the Bay will celebrate their 30th year coordinating Coastal Cleanup Day in Los Angeles County. Are you interested in being part of this year’s cleanup and celebration? Consider signing up to Captain your own site by attending a Volunteer Orientation or get your company involved as a sponsor.
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.
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 International Coastal Cleanup.
Heal the Bay’s Calendar features Aquarium, Beach, Outreach, Community Science and Youth events in Los Angeles County.
Want to quickly register for an event you see listed on our calendar? Hop over to Eventbrite and complete your registration. Please note, only events that require registration are listed on Eventbrite.
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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