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California’s Annual Coastal Clean-Up Expects Thousands of Volunteers

Aired 9/14/12 on KPBS News.

California expects more than 70,000 volunteers will help remove trash from the state's beaches at the annual coastal cleanup Saturday. Volunteers will comb more than 850 beaches and riversides, and may even see debris from the Japanese tsunami.

California expects more than 70-thousand volunteers will help remove trash from the state's beaches at the annual coastal cleanup Saturday. Volunteers will comb more than 850 beaches and riversides throughout the state.

Eben Schwartz with the California Coastal Commission said last year volunteers collected more than 1.3 Million pounds of trash and recyclables. This year he said volunteers may see some surprising debris:

We are anticipating that either this Saturday, or in the coming months, we're gonna to start to see more debris from the Japanese tsunami arriving on California shores.

Schwartz said debris from last spring's tsunami has already started to wash up along other parts of west coast.

California's annual clean-up event is funded largely by private donations, and companies that volunteer their trash disposal services.

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