Coastal Cleanup Day Results
updated: Sep 23, 2013, 4:49 PM
Source: County of Santa Barbara Public Works
The largest volunteer cleanup in Santa Barbara County had another huge year.
With 100% of the sites reporting, 952 volunteers collected more than 1,900
pounds of trash and 645 pounds of recyclables from 25 sites from Rincon Beach
Park to Guadalupe Dunes in Santa Barbara County.
Some strange vegetable themed items were dug up this year from our coastal
areas. A corn on the cob at Santa Claus Lane and a corn on the cob holder in
Isla Vista, an electric popcorn popper at Goleta Beach, and a Mr. Potato Head
mustache at Butterfly Beach. "Why would anyone want these things at the beach?"
asked Sam Dickinson, cleanup coordinator for the County of Santa Barbara.
"Volunteers also collected an impressive amount of conventional trash. However,
it's not just about collecting the strange or large items to make an impact.
This year at Chase Palm Park Beach, 142 volunteers found 2,030 cigarette butts
and 250 pounds of other debris that had the potential to become marine debris."
Over a third of the volunteers brought their own reusable buckets or reusable
bags for trash and gloves for the cleanup. Which indicates public awareness of
the importance of creating less waste in the first place. Some sites, like
Explore Ecology, who hosted a site at Arroyo Burro Beach, brought their own
reusable buckets for volunteers to use to discourage waste.
The event was brought to you by your Resource Recovery and Waste Management
Division of the County Public Works Department and supported by partnerships
with the Cities of Goleta and Santa Barbara, the State Parks and County Parks
Division. The cleanup is made possible by the hard work and services provided by
the local businesses, organizations and community members who act as beach
captains. "I would like to thank everyone who made this great event possible. I
was blown away by the amount of community participation and the resulting impact
from this cleanup day!" said Sam Dickinson. The local cleanup is part of
California Coastal Cleanup Day, presented by the California Coastal Commission,
and International Coastal Cleanup Day organized by the Ocean Conservancy.
In 1986, two women, one in Texas and one in Oregon, became concerned about
debris on our ocean's shorelines. This was the start of the Ocean Conservancy's
beach cleanups which grew into the international Coastal Cleanup Day. Last year
in California alone, over 65,000 volunteers removed more than 769,000 pounds of
trash and recyclables from our beaches, lakes, and waterways.
Volunteers are crucial to the world's largest one-day clean-up effort. Not only
do they help improve the health of the ocean and its wildlife, but the data
collected provides important information regarding the types, quantity and
location of marine debris. This data is analyzed by the Ocean Conservancy and
distributed to governments and organizations throughout the world in the hopes
that it will help direct policy and funding to preserve our oceans, rivers and
Next year's Coastal Cleanup Day is scheduled for Saturday, September 20th, 2014.
Stay tuned for details on the County's recycling website, www.LessIsMore.org.
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