City of Berkeley, CA

09/13/2017 | News release | Distributed by Public on 09/13/2017 19:25

Coastal Cleanup Day in Berkeley (9/13/2017)

Press Contact: Matthai Chakko, (510) 981-7008

COASTAL CLEANUP DAY IN BERKELEY

Berkeley, California (Wednesday, September 13, 2017) - Join other Berkeleyans this Saturday to help clean up local beaches, bays, and waterways during this year's Coastal Cleanup Day.

We'll clean up at the mouth of three creeks, in Aquatic Park, along our east shoreline and all around the Marina.

To participate in Berkeley on September 16, come between 9-10:30 am to the Shorebird Park Nature Center, 160 University Ave.. Groups of 5 or more must pre-register by emailing [email protected]. Coastal cleanup events will last from 9am to 12 noon.

You'll get a safety orientation, sign waivers and staff will give you directions to sites that need volunteers.

Each year more than a million pounds of debris is removed from California beaches, rivers, creeks, lakes, and waterways,
so the net environmental impact of this event is tremendously positive. The education we are able to impart through these cleanups has started to change people's consumer habits. The good feeling everyone gets is the icing on the cake.

Although we will have bags and gloves for your use, we would like to reduce this plastic usage. If you can, please:

  • Bring a bucket or reusable bag to the Cleanup for collecting trash (most Cleanup sites are equipped with dumpsters or roll-away bins so you can dump what you collect and bring your bucket or reusable bag back home).
  • Bring a lightweight pair of gardening gloves from home, instead of using the disposable plastic gloves we provide.
  • Bring a filled, reusable water bottle for your use at the Cleanup.
  • Parking is limited so please carpool or use public transportation (the 81 bus)or bike to the Cleanup. Use the pedestrian overpass and the Bay Trail to reach the staging area at the Shorebird Park Nature Center at 160 University Ave. Berkeley CA

Volunteers will help compile data about garbage for the largest research project in the world. The data that is collected is used to change laws and to educate people about how to be conscientious consumers. The top 10 trash items at cleanups are 'one use' items, and 80 % of the trash we pick up comes from land based sources. If you are not part of the solution, you are part of the problem. Each of us can make a difference every day. Adopt your neighborhood storm drain and before and after any storm, pick up the trash before it makes it into our waterways.

Last year during Coastal Cleanup Day, volunteers picked up over 3,386 lbs of trash and 298 lbs of recyclables along the shorelines of the cities of Berkeley, Albany and Emeryville. The top items picked up by the 1,015 volunteers were 27,684 small plastic pieces; 9,280 bottle caps; 8,358 foam pieces; 8,152 cigarette butts; 5,826 food wrappers; 3,269 Foam Packaging items; 2,694 glass pieces; 2,156 straws and stirrers; 2,144 plastic bags; and 1,577 forks, knives and spoons.

More information and children's waivers are available online at www.cityofberkeley.info/shorelinecleanup

At the end of the Cleanup, when you return the filled out data card, you will get a raffle ticket for some great prizes.

This program is run by the City's Parks, Recreation and Waterfront Department, whose Recreation Division organizes dozens of camps, classes and other activities for people of all ages. Get a glimpse of the Recreation division's offerings through the Activity Guide and sign up via our online registration portal.

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