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Coastal Cleanup Day volunteers to pick up trash near waterways Saturday

The California Coastal Cleanup Day and the Ocean Conservancy International Coastal Cleanup Day are the world’s largest volunteer day for ocean health, as people remove tons of trash from shorelines and in the water.

The 26th annual event — coordinated in this county by the Environmental Center of San Luis Obispo — starts at 9 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 17.

Cleanup sites include beaches at San Simeon, Cambria, Cayucos, Morro Bay, Montaña de Oro, Avila Beach, Pismo Beach and Oceano. Inland sites, where waterways that flow into the ocean are cleaned up, include Lake Nacimiento, Paso Robles, Templeton, Atascadero, Santa Margarita, San Luis Obispo, Arroyo Grande and Nipomo.

Participants are asked to preregister at www.signuptocleanup.org, so site captains will know approximately how many volunteers they’ll be coordinating, and so participants can fill out a waiver form.

Participants are asked to bring a bucket or reusable (washable) bag for trash collecting, plus gloves, a filled, reusable water bottle and a waste-free lunch.

Participants are asked to list the trash they collect, especially any unusual items.

Those who decorate their buckets before the event can submit a photo to www.facebook.com/CaliforniaCoast or www.twitter.com/cleanupday. A prize package will be awarded.

For details, go to www.ecoslo.org or www.signuptocleanup.org, or call 544-1777 or e-mail ccd@ecoslo.org.

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