In just three hours last month, more than 6,800 volunteers cleared nearly 145,000 pounds of waste and debris from streets, canyons, parks and the coastline in communities across San Diego County for the 35th annual Coastal Cleanup Day. The day’s environmental protection effort took place at 108 sites around the region and prevented the equivalent of six garbage trucks emptying their contents into the ocean.

Since Coastal Cleanup Day’s inception, plastic in all its forms remains the chief polluter collected throughout San Diego County. From food wrappers to cups and water bottles to fast-food containers, single-use plastics were found across parking lots, public parks, within canyons and around schools.

Some of the most unusual items found were: a zombie apocalypse kit, a library book from Kentucky, 64 pallets, Star Wars figurine, a stroller, and more!!


One of the cleanup locations was at Rose Creek in Pacific Beach.

The Friends of Rose Creek would like to send out a huge thank you to the 149 volunteers that attended Coastal Cleanup Day at Rose Creek.  Volunteers fill up 1.5 40-yard roll offs full of trash and down trees with 1501 volunteers. Our total haul was over 3,000 pounds of trash.

A huge thank you to Campland-on-the-Bay for Ice Cream for the volunteers. It was much appreciated after a long hot morning of physical work.  Thanks to Monica, Jordan, and Josh from Councilmember Campbell’s office for joining us as well as Sarah and Adrian from I Love A Clean San Diego. Students and faculty from the Sweetwater Union School District, University of California, and the Circle K Club from San Diego State University were out in force. Amazing work everyone!  We truly appreciate your support.

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