ORANGE COUNTY – On Sept. 17, more than 7,200 volunteers hit Orange County parks, beaches and creeks to join the fight against ocean pollution during Coastal Cleanup Day. Orange County Coastkeeper and Trails4All coordinated 50 cleanup sites in Orange County where volunteers removed nearly 57,000 pounds of debris – about 15,000 pounds more than last year’s cleanup – and volunteers recorded obscure items including chicken feet, an iPad and a car fender.
After the record-breaking cleanup, volunteers celebrated at the first ever Trash Free OC Jamboree – a Coastal Cleanup Day after party at Huntington State Beach. Partygoers learned how to be environmental stewards year-round by creating and cleaning their own miniature polluted ecosystems, making art out of trash and playing educational games all afternoon.
For more information visit coastkeeper.org/ccd.