Save The Bay marked the 30th annual International Coastal Cleanup Day on Saturday with volunteer cleanups in Oakland and San Jose. In Oakland, 100 volunteers picked up 750 pounds of trash along the Martin Luther King Jr Shoreline. The 30 volunteers that joined cleanup efforts along Coyote Creek in San Jose picked up 600 pounds of trash, including several heavy items such as tires, a grocery cart, and a microwave.
We were joined at both sites by REI, which presented a $25,000 grant to support our Habitat Restoration work. Volunteers enjoyed free t-shirts and water bottles from REI, as well as food and coffee donated by Safeway, Trader Joe’s, and Starbucks.
Coastal Cleanup Day is a great opportunity for local residents to witness the impact of toxic trash on our region. Not only do you get to help clean up our creeks and our Bay shoreline, but you can see just how difficult it can be to remove trash once it enters our waterways. That’s why Save The Bay continues to work with local governments to pass strong policies to stop toxic trash at the source.
Want to learn more about the most collected litter item? Check out our interactive map of some of the worst cigarette butt litter hot spots, based on data collected at Coastal Cleanup Day 2013.
Thanks to all of the volunteers who joined us on Saturday! Check out these photos from Coastal Cleanup Day 2014.