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Over 6,400 pounds of trash, recyclables collected in SLO County on Coastal Cleanup Day

Volunteers collect over 6,400 pounds of trash in SLO County on Coastal Cleanup Day

Coastal Cleanup Day takes place at 30 sites on San Luis Obispo County beaches, creeks, parks and lakes. This event, hosted by ECOSLO, is part of the International Coastal Cleanup organized by the Ocean Conservancy.
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Coastal Cleanup Day takes place at 30 sites on San Luis Obispo County beaches, creeks, parks and lakes. This event, hosted by ECOSLO, is part of the International Coastal Cleanup organized by the Ocean Conservancy.

Volunteers fanned out across San Luis Obispo County on Saturday morning to help pick up trash at area beaches.

The 33rd annual Coastal Cleanup Day took place at 30 sites from San Simeon to Oceano and even included a few inland locations like Santa Margarita and Lopez lakes.

A total of 1,370 volunteers picked up 4,994.6 pounds of trash and an additional 1,449.75 pounds of recyclables, said Mary Ciesinski, executive director of ECOSLO, event organizer.

Top five sites for trash collected, according to ECOSLO:

▪  Pirates Cove: 975 pounds

▪ Arroyo Grande Creek: 879 pounds

▪ Montaña de Oro, Sandspit: 870 pounds

▪ Oceano Dunes: 488 pounds

▪ Fiscalini Ranch Preserve: 455 pounds

Some of the most unusual items collected included an office chair at Morro Strand North, a TV at Pirates Cove and a chainsaw at Morro Strand South.

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