California’s Coastal Clean-Up Day brings nearly 30,000 volunteers to the shorelines
On a windswept morning, dozens of volunteers scattered along the rocky shores of the Oakland estuary, donning yellow safety vests and wielding orange trash grabbers. Others pushed kayaks into the water, paddling to nearby beaches with trash bags stuffed into life jackets. They came to collect the forgotten remnants of people’s lives: plastic Easter eggs, cannabis containers, the rusted skeleton of a bicycle and hundreds of plastic bottle caps washed up on the shoreline. Saturday marked California’s 38th Coastal Clean-Up Day, which brought nearly 30,000 volunteers to the state’s shorelines to pick up the trash that ends up here. This year, residents collected over 220,000 pounds of trash and an additional 29,702 pounds of recyclable materials statewide.
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