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Join WSC for ECOSLO’s 2017 Coastal Cleanup Day

September 8th, 2017

It is easy to understand why the Central Coast’s tourism industry is booming and so many people want to live here. The moderate weather, accessible surf and natural beauty have a little something for everybody.

However, what we leave behind is a threat not only to the beauty of this place, but to the marine life that calls the Central Coast home. Birds, fish and marine mammals mistake plastic for food, become entangled in fishing line, and have their habitat degraded by debris.

WSC is proud to join ECOSLO and the California Coastal Commission for the 2017 Coastal Cleanup from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Sept. 16. As the site captain for the Shell Beach cleanup, WSC will coordinate the collection of trash along the shoreline, provide bags to volunteers, and assist with the disposal of what is collected. Anyone interested in joining the cleanup may meet at South Palisades Park on Beachcomber Drive (194 Beachcomber Dr, Pismo Beach, CA 93449). Volunteers will check in at the park where WSC’s site captain will be for registration.

If you would like to participate, please wear closed-toe shoes and bring water and snacks. In an attempt to minimize the production of more trash, we encourage you to being your own bags, buckets, and reusable gloves. Additionally, litter grabbers and sieves are also useful tools to assist in the clean up.

Coastal Cleanup Day Poster

ECOSLO is organizing 30 cleanup sites throughout San Luis Obispo County and there are 863 cleanup sites throughout California. Last year, approximately 1,200 volunteers in San Luis Obispo County removed 6,500 pounds of trash and recyclables. To find more information, or a Cleanup site near you, visit ecoslo.org/coastal-cleanup-day.

Coastal Cleanup Day is just one way to combat litter. Using data about what types of trash is most commonly found during Coastal Cleanups can help us make conscious decisions about what we purchase and how we dispose of our waste. In the past, data from this clean up has also contributed to legislative decisions to help lessen our impact on our environment.