Record numbers turn out for Coastal Cleanup Day
by ANTHONY GENTILE
Sep 23, 2009 | 1135 views | 0 0 comments | 7 7 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Members of the Ballance family joined other volunteers in Ocean Beach on Saturday during the California Coastal Cleanup Day. PHOTO BY MARIA EPSTEN | THE BEACON
Members of the Ballance family joined other volunteers in Ocean Beach on Saturday during the California Coastal Cleanup Day. PHOTO BY MARIA EPSTEN | THE BEACON
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Waterways around San Diego are a little bit cleaner this week following a record-breaking turnout for the 25th annual California Coastal Cleanup Day. An estimated 65,000 pounds of trash was removed from 80 cleanup sites at the California Coastal Cleanup Day on Sept. 19.

A total of 9,587 volunteers participated at the event’s 80 cleanup sites — a record number. Trash bagged ranged from the expected — cigarette butts, bottlecaps and plastic bags — to the unexpected, including an ATM machine, a fake nose and pickles.

The 80 sites in San Diego were part of a statewide effort in which 56,877 volunteers collected 801,937 pounds of trash.

For more information, including additional statistics, visit www.cleanupday.org.
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