Coastal Cleanup sponsored by E.J. Harrison & Sons
It's cleanup time again, along our beautiful coast. The 34th California Coastal Cleanup Day takes place on Saturday, Sept. 15. Sponsored by the California Coastal Commission, the massive event has been recognized by the Guinness Book of World Records as the largest beach cleanup day on Earth.
As always, Harrison Industries urges you to join the tens of thousands of people statewide who will take part in the event, more than 1,000 sites. From 9 a.m. to noon on Sept. 15, volunteers will remove debris from the coast, creeks, rivers, lakes and shorelines throughout California, protecting wildlife from harm while taking care of our environment.
We're proud and happy to participate in this important event by providing free trash and recycling bin service at several sites in our service areas.
We'll have bins delivered to multiple locations in Camarillo, Ventura and Ojai. "We always help however we can," said Peter Gutierrez, our recycling and special events coordinator. "It's such a worthy cause."
Each year, on this one day, some 1 million pounds of trash and recyclable material is removed from California's coast and inland waterways.
The greatest source of pollution (by far) is cigarette butts, followed by plastic beverage bottles, food wrappers and plastic bottle caps, in that order. Also targeted during the cleanup are plastic bags, straws and stirrers, glass beverage bottles, metal bottle caps and plastic lids. The removal of these items prevents them from polluting our ocean waters and harming marine life.
We urge you to join in California Coastal Cleanup Day, the state's largest annual volunteer event, which takes place on the third Saturday of each September, along more than 2,000 miles of coast and inland shoreline.
And you can make your contribution even greater by cutting down on the trash created at the cleanup; bring your own reusable supplies (water bottle, gardening gloves, trash bucket, etc.) Safety is a top priority for any beach cleanup, so wear a hat, sunscreen, gloves and closed-toe shoes.