Surfrider volunteers tackle San Diego’s post-Fourth of July morning after mess
SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – Thousands of residents and visitors flocked to San Diego’s beaches to enjoy the Fourth of July holiday. However, if they were to visit that same coastline the morning after they would find an unsightly mess of thousands of pounds of trash left behind. Thankfully, the Surfrider Foundation San Diego, I Love a Clean San Diego and San Diego Coast keeper are leading a major cleanup efforts and are asking the community to participate.
On Thursday, July 5th, the Surfrider Foundation invited beach-lovers of all ages to join in the Morning After Mess cleanup series hosted from 9am to Noon at the Ocean Beach Pier, Fiesta Island, Crystal Pier in Pacific Beach and the Oceanside Pier. The Surfrider Foundation will host the Ocean Beach Pier and Oceanside Pier sites. Partner organizations, I Love A Clean San Diego and San Diego Coastkeeper will be hosting Fiesta Island and Crystal Pier respectively.
The cleanup was open to the public, available for individuals to participate for the whole event or part of the event. Bags and gloves will be provided, but participants were encouraged to bring their own reusable bag or bucket, and gloves to cut down on single-use plastic waste.
San Diego Chapter Coordinator, Caroline Canter, stated “that these cleanups are really important for everyone to come back out to the beach and see what a mess we leave our beaches. That visual impacts the individual and really makes us think about how we treat our environment.”
Last year’s Morning After Mess saw a turnout of nearly 400 volunteers. Together, they removed 1,643 pounds of trash and recyclables from four beaches in only three hours. Without the collective volunteer effort, all this litter may have washed into the sea where it would add to the already critical pollution problem devastating the world’s oceans today.
The Surfrider Foundation San Diego has a handful of programs working to fight plastic pollution in San Diego. The Rise Above Plastics program has been a key player in introducing and passing single-use plastic and polystyrene ordinances across San Diego County. The program uses outreach, education and advocacy to cut down on single-use plastics and cigarette butts before they reach the coast.
For more information on Surfrider Foundation San Diego County Chapter’s Morning After Mess cleanups on July 5th, visit www.surfridersd.org.