A large cash register drawer turned up at Fiscalini Ranch Preserve. Toy false teeth emerged at Cayucos. A wallet with a library card was found on the sand spit at Morro Bay. Those were just some of the items volunteers collected during the 30th annual California Coastal Cleanup Day on Saturday, Sept. 20.
In all, more than 1,050 volunteers raked in 3,600 pounds of trash and recyclables over 56 miles of San Luis Obispo County coast and shorelines, according to the Environmental Center of San Luis Obispo (ECOSLO), which coordinated the event locally.
The information ECOSLO compiles is reported to the Coastal Commission, which holds a competition each year for the most unusual item found. (The winners this year were a polar bear costume from Ventura County and a blowfish ornament from San Joaquin County.)
Overall, the event attracted more than 54,000 volunteers, who picked up in excess of a half-million pounds of trash and 100,000 pounds of recyclables, according to the Coastal Commission.
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Site captains in San Luis Obispo County reported that volunteers included Cal Poly WOW Week students, Girl Scout and Boy Scout groups, and local school groups.
North Coast cleanup site captains included Carolyn Skinder at San Simeon Cove, Bob and Dawn Putney at San Simeon Campground, Rick Hawley at Moonstone Beach and JoEllen Butler at Fiscalini Ranch Preserve.
Skinder, who serves as southern regional program coordinator for the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary, reported that her group included 15 volunteers tho collected 65 pounds of trash — a haul that included baby diapers, straw wrappers and pieces of broken balloons.