Coastal Cleanup Day 2012
Every Piece of Trash You Remove Reveals Something Beautiful on Coastal Cleanup Day!

On Saturday, Sept. 15, 2012, from 9 a.m. until noon, tens of thousands of Southern Californians headed to their local beaches and inland waterways on a mission to clear the sand and water of harmful and unsightly pollution.

Braving scorching heat, Southland volunteers collected and removed nearly 20 tons of ocean-bound trash today from Los Angeles County watersheds as part of Heal the Bay’s 23rd annual Coastal Cleanup Day.

Working together to protect what they love, 9,323 participants scoured local beaches, inland waterways, regional parks and urban neighborhoods from 9 a.m. to noon. Santa Monica-based environmental group Heal the Bay mobilized 58 sites throughout the county, covering 56 miles of terrain.

From Compton to Malibu, local businesses, faith-based organizations, schools and youth sports teams worked in tandem to gather and remove 38,598 pounds of debris. Cigarette butts, plastic bottles and caps, snack-food packaging, plastic bags and Styrofoam fragments are among the most frequently found items at cleanups.

Photos by Heal the Bay.
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