Help Maintain the Beauty of San Diego’s Beaches & Bays on Busy Summer Holidays!
The Clean Beach Coalition is a program led by I Love A Clean San Diego, in partnership with the City of San Diego, Urban Corps and local businesses.
Keeping Litter Off Our Beaches
During busy summer holidays, San Diego’s beaches and bays are the popular spots for local and out-of-town visitors. With the influx of beachgoers, permanent trash receptacles are overwhelmed by the surge of additional waste, which can lead to pollution on the beaches and in the bays and ocean.
Now in its 14th summer, I Love A Clean San Diego’s Clean Beach Coalition will place and maintain nearly 200 temporary waste and recycling bins over Memorial Day, Fourth of July and Labor Day weekends, along the beaches and bays in Pacific Beach, Mission Beach and Mission Bay. Over the past decade, the Clean Beach Coalition has kept 3.5 million pounds of trash off the beach and out of the ocean.
Reinventing the Coalition with a New Partnership
This year, I Love A Clean San Diego joined forces with Urban Corps of San Diego County to increase capacity and prevent litter before it falls on San Diego’s beaches. Now with a coalition powered by I Love A Clean San Diego, Urban Corps and the City of San Diego, conservation, education and workforce development blend all at once for a program that provides a range of meaningful impacts. By employing Corpsmembers, the coalition supports Urban Corps’ mission to give thousands of young adults the opportunity to improve themselves while improving their communities. With numbers in from Memorial Day weekend, it is estimated that this combined effort could collect between 45,000 and 60,000 pounds of potential litter over the Memorial Day, Fourth of July and Labor Day weekends.
Enjoy the Scene, and Keep it Clean
With the support of Think Blue San Diego and The Coca-Cola Foundation, the coalition aims to educate beachgoers about the harms of beach and marine litter, and how we can lessen our impact by swapping out single-use, disposable products with reusable alternatives.
A simple way to make a huge difference is opting for reusable items in place of disposable, single-use plastics.
- Do not purchase styrofoam containers or single-use plastic cups. Use hard plastic or metal coolers, insulated bags and reusable, beach-safe cups as alternatives.
- Do not purchase single-use plastic bottles. Bring refillable water bottles and large reusable fluid containers for beverages instead.
- Refuse to purchase plastic utensils and do not take them from restaurants – bring and use reusable options.
- Avoid the use of plastic bags at every opportunity possible.
- Eliminate the need for single-use sandwich bags and food wrappers by shopping in bulk and packing food in reusable food storage containers.
- Leave the beach you enjoyed better than it was when you arrived! Pack out what you packed in!
Get Your Brand in the Sand & Support the Clean Beach Coalition
Now in its 14th year, the Clean Beach Coalition has kept over 3.5 million pounds of litter off the beach and out of the ocean. This year, I Love A Clean San Diego has employed another outstanding nonprofit, Urban Corps of San Diego County, to increase the impact. Local companies can join the coalition and get their Brand in the Sand, while helping to protect the beauty of our beaches. Supporter’s logos are printed and displayed on some 200 temporary recycle and trash bins deployed on three popular holiday weekends. Contact Ian Monahan at I Love A Clean San Diego for more information – 619.795.5806 or firstname.lastname@example.org.