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Trash And Lots Of Syringes Picked Up At San Diego County Cleanup

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Aired 4/26/10

Volunteers collected thousands of pounds of trash in the Creek to Bay Cleanup over the weekend in San Diego County. But an unusual number of syringes were also picked up at the countywide cleanup.

Volunteers collected thousands of pounds of trash in the Creek to Bay Cleanup over the weekend in San Diego County. But an unusual number of syringes were also picked up at the countywide cleanup.

Volunteers pick up trash around San Diego Bay during the Creek to Bay Cleanup event on April 24, 2010.
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Above: Volunteers pick up trash around San Diego Bay during the Creek to Bay Cleanup event on April 24, 2010.

More than 4,500 volunteers filled dumpsters with thousands of pounds of trash and weeds, planted 40 trees and stenciled 54 storm drains.

They also collected the one-millionth pound of trash in the eight years of the cleanup.

But volunteers picked up an especially high number of syringes at some locations.

Vance Sharp with I Love A Clean San Diego says syringes were banned from landfills in 2008.

And he says there's no reason the needles should be tossed in the trash.

"I think most of the issue is based on education and just getting the knowledge out that there are places where people can dispose of their needles in every municipality in San Diego," said Vance.

He says there are drop-off sites throughout San Diego County.

Used needles can injure people and spread germs and serious diseases such as HIV/AIDS, hepatitis and tetanus.

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jasperridge | April 28, 2010 at 11:16 a.m. ― 4 years, 8 months ago

Way to go, Vance! On the clean up and the educating!

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