San Luis Obispo County beach enthusiasts are to help tidy up the coastline from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, Sept. 20, as part of an international effort. The 30th annual California Coastal Cleanup Day is expected to be the state’s largest single-day volunteer event to benefit the shoreline environment.
Organizers at the Environmental Center of San Luis Obispo said that last year’s cleanup crew included more than 1,600 volunteers countywide. ECOSLO coordinates the coastal event throughout the county’s coastline areas.
Advance registration, while available, is not required, but participants must sign waivers. For details, go to www.signuptocleanup.org or www.ecoslo.org/coastal-cleanup, call Adria Arko at 544-1777, or email firstname.lastname@example.org. North Coast volunteers are to painstakingly clean by hand various local coastal areas. Among the group sites are:
- The cove at San Simeon Bay, William Randolph Hearst Memorial Beach, across from the entrance to Hearst Castle. The organizer is Carolyn Skinder.
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This year, ECOSLO is encouraging all participants to participate in a “Bring Your Own” campaign designed to help decrease the event’s ecological footprint and the number of disposable items used.
Volunteers can bring gloves and a reusable water bottle, along with their own bucket or reusable bag for collecting the trash.
ECOSLO advises those interested in volunteering to wear comfortable clothes and sturdy shoes that are comfortable on sand; wear plenty of sunscreen; bring a camera; eat a hearty breakfast beforehand and pack a lunch.