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Surfrider San Diego Hosts Beach Cleanups Across County Following Holiday Weekend

Volunteers at the beach cleanup at Ocean Beach in San Diego County. July 5, 2021.
Roland Lizarondo
Volunteers at the beach cleanup at Ocean Beach in San Diego County. July 5, 2021.

The Surfrider Foundation will host post-Independence Day cleanup efforts Monday at beaches across San Diego County.

On Monday morning, which the Surfrider Foundation refers to as "the morning after," volunteers are slated to remove trash and debris expected to be left behind at county beaches by thousands of residents and visitors flocking to the shores for the Fourth of July holiday weekend.

Surfrider San Diego Hosts Beach Cleanups Across County Following Holiday Weekend
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According to the Surfrider Foundation, nearly 800 volunteers turned out in 2019 and removed a collective 3,900 pounds of trash — including 5,930 cigarette butts — from five beaches in a three-hour span.

"These cleanups raise awareness about how we're unintentionally trashing the beaches we love," said Mitch Silverstein, chapter manager for Surfrider Foundation San Diego. "More than anything, we'd love to see beachgoers ditch common single-use plastic picnic items like bottled water, cups, plates, utensils, etc. and replace them with reusable versions, which are much less likely to be left behind as litter."

Nikolas Kennedy, the community coordinator for I love A Clean San Diego, explained the importance of caring for our environment.

“A lot of stuff can get left behind and that stuff has a direct nexus to the ocean here," Kennedy said.

Over 50 volunteers came out to help in Mission Beach.

We spoke to Julia Thomas, who says picking up trash on July 5th has become an annual tradition for her and her mom.

“I go to the beach here and spend my time here so I know other people spend their time here. I want them to feel safe and have a good time when they’re out here," Thomas said.

This year's cleanup efforts will be held from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. at:

• Ocean Beach Pier;

• Ocean Beach Dog Park;

• Belmont Park at Mission Beach;

• Crystal Pier in Pacific Beach;

• Moonlight Beach in Encinitas;

• Oceanside Pier.

The cleanup events are open to the public. Bags, gloves and trash grabbers will be provided while supplies last, but participants are encouraged to bring their own reusable supplies.

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Registration is available at surfridersd.org.