Today’s post comes from our Director of Community Events, Natalie Roberts!
In addition to the many cleanups ILACSD hosts each year, we also aim to prevent beach litter before it hits the sand through our annual Clean Beach Coalition program. Every summer, we partner with FreePB, City of San Diego Parks and Recreation, lifeguards, and police to make sure everyone has a safe, enjoyable, and clean day at the beach over popular holiday weekends.
You may have noticed the huge temporary trash and recycling bins if you were one of the many beachgoers that took advantage of the great weather over Memorial Day weekend and visited Ocean Beach, Mission Beach, Mission Bay, or Pacific Beach. The Clean Beach Coalition teams up to order and place hundreds of these bins so that there is a convenient place to get rid of your food wrapper, or to recycle your water bottle, while you are at the beach this summer.
The bins are purchased thanks to our generous sponsors, including Think Blue San Diego, PB Shoreclub, Typhoon Saloon, SeaWorld, Heller Foundation, Sandbar, Tavern, Rubios, Anheuser Busch, Vavi, Mission Beach Women’s Club, and Bar West.
This year, we partnered with CA State Beaches in North County, as well as Urban Corps, Friends of Cardiff and Carlsbad State Beaches, and the Carlsbad Charitable Fund to place additional recycling and trash bins at North County beaches as well!
You can go one step further and join us in preventing trash by bringing your own reusable items to the beach. Examples include investing in a permanent cooler that you can reuse over and over rather than the single use Styrofoam cooler, using Tupperware for your beach snacks to also prevent against seagulls, sand, and bugs, and a reusable water bottle.
Otherwise, be sure to look for and use the big trash and recycling bins over the 4th of July weekend!