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Creek to Bay clean up to celebrate Earth Day returns for 20th year

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Courtesy of I Love a Clean San Diego County
Activists participate in a trash pick-up event. San Diego, Calif. April 2021.

Every Earth Day makes people more conscious than ever about the necessity of caring for the environment, and many participate in clean-ups and trash pickups.

This Saturday, April 23, some 5,000 volunteers all across San Diego County are expected to take part in I Love a Clean San Diego's 20th Annual Creek to Bay Cleanup. Organizers are targeting 100,000 pounds of litter to be picked up during the three-hour event, which will then be sorted for recycling or landfills.

"Overall, the most common item that's cleaned up is single use plastic. We're learning more and more once it's dropped in our environment and quite honestly, it never breaks down," said Ian Monahan, director of marketing and philanthropy for I Love A Clean San Diego County "Unfortunately, we've adopted a throw-away way of living and that is something that needs to change, across the board,"


Monahan joined Midday Edition on Thursday to talk about the event, as well as to give some tips on recycling.

"The best way to go about recycling at your home is to use visuals. Every city in the county has a recycling guide that can be downloaded and viewed and put right next to your recycling bin, " Monahan said.

Residents can also visit for more information.

People interested in volunteering for the Creek to Bay Cleanup Day can sign up here.