The event that is described as the world’s largest volunteer environmental effort is scheduled for Saturday.
More than 1,000 people are expected to work from 9 a.m. to noon picking up trash from the beaches and waterways of San Luis Obispo County as part of Coastal Cleanup Day. Last year, 1,425 volunteers picked up 4,129 pounds of trash in the county.
This year’s event has several new aspects, said event coordinators with the Environmental Center of San Luis Obispo County.
Volunteers are asked to bring their own bag, water bottle, bucket and gloves. They are also being encouraged to carpool to the event. The goal is to reduce the event’s “environmental footprint,” organizers said.
For the first time, volunteers this year will have the option to work on removing invasive plant species. Non-native species damage the environment by forcing out native plants and reducing the value of waterways and coastal areas as wildlife habitat.
Coastal Cleanup Day began in 1985 and has since grown into a worldwide event that last year attracted 80,615 participants. Its goal is not only to remove trash, but also to identify sources of the trash and educate the public on ways to reduce marine pollution.
To volunteer for the event, go to www.ecoslo.org or call 544-1777.