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Join I Love A Clean San Diego at the 34th Annual Coastal Cleanup Day on September 15th

Sep 13, 2018 06:45PM ● By Paul Spear

Over 7,000 Volunteers Will Clean and Beautify San Diego County for Coastal Cleanup Day

Join I Love A Clean San Diego at the 34th Annual Coastal Cleanup Day on September 15th


What:  Thousands of volunteers will clean and beautify 107 cleanup sites during I Love A Clean San Diego’s (ILACSD) 34th annual Coastal Cleanup Day. This countywide volunteer event will restore San Diego’s coastal and inland areas. Last year, 8,754 volunteers removed 137,299 pounds of debris from the San Diego and Tijuana region during the three-hour event. In addition to picking up litter, volunteers will be participating in beautification projects like mural painting, mulching, branch trimming, and brush removal.


When: Saturday, September 15, 2018 from 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM


Where: 107 cleanup sites throughout San Diego County (full list of sites at

Media is encouraged to attend the Kickoff Site: South Shores Park (S. Shores Park Drive, San Diego, CA 92109)


Why:    It is estimated that by 2050 the ocean will contain more plastic by weight than fish. Coastal Cleanup Day harnesses the power of people to fight against pollution in our oceans. San Diegans are encouraged to volunteer locally at neighborhood creeks, canyons, parks, and beaches all across San Diego County to positively impact our oceans, coastlines, and environment as a whole. When litter is left behind, it enters our local watersheds and flows out to the Pacific Ocean, becoming a harmful threat to the health of both marine wildlife and people. This event serves as a learning opportunity to show fellow San Diegans that litter does not belong in San Diego’s environment.


Who:   Approximately 7,000 volunteers will gather at 107 cleanup sites to restore San Diego’s outdoor spaces. The event kickoff site, Mission Bay – South Shores Park, will host hundreds of volunteers including corporate volunteer teams from Wells Fargo, Bank of America, SDG&E, Bumblebee Seafoods, KFMB, Macy’s, GIECO, and the San Diego County Water Authority. ILACSD staff and event sponsors from Think Blue San Diego, SDG&E, Republic Services and more will also be in attendance at the kickoff site.


Visuals: Volunteers of all ages removing large amounts of trash and green waste plants from the park, painting projects around the park, stenciling storm drains in the surrounding area, youth and adults using decorated reusable buckets to collect litter, instead of plastic bags, as part of the Bling Your Bucket contest. An 8-foot-tall Beach Ball promoting clean, safe water for SDCWA’s “Brought to you by Water” tour. 


Interviews: Natalie Roberts-DeCarli, Interim Executive Director for I Love A Clean San Diego, Senator Toni G. Atkins, San Diego City Councilmember Lorie Zapf, Corporate Partners, corporate partner representatives, and hundreds of volunteers, including youth, will be available for interviews.


About I Love A Clean San Diego (ILACSD) As San Diego’s most influential advocate for sustainability, I Love A Clean San Diego (ILACSD) is an environmental catalyst, awakening passion and inspiring action, empowering everyone to improve the health and beauty of our local environment. For over sixty years, we’ve brought the best in all of us together for a lasting, positive impact on our region. We are passion in action. For more information, to volunteer or donate, visit or call (619) 291-0103. Connect with us on FacebookTwitter and Instagram.


Elected Officials Attending 34th Annual Coastal Cleanup Day


California State Senate President pro Tempore Toni G. Atkins – kickoff site

San Diego City Councilmember Lorie Zapf – kickoff site

County of San Diego Supervisor Greg Cox – National City - Paradise Creek Educational Center (1817 Hoover Ave., National City, CA 91950), 8:30am-9:30am.

San Diego City Council President Myrtle Cole – Chollas View – Market Street (4931 Market Street, San Diego, CA 92102), 10:30am-11:30am.

San Diego City Councilmember Barbara Bry – Nobel Recreation Center, (8810 Judicial Dr, San Diego, CA 92122), 8:30am-9:30am.

San Diego City Councilmember Chris Ward  Park West - Maple Canyon, (closest approximate address: 610 W Maple St, San Diego, CA 92103), 8:30am-9:30am.

San Diego City Councilmember Georgette Gomez – Southcrest Trails Park, (3565 Birch St, San Diego, CA 92113), 8:30am-12pm.

Imperial Beach Mayor Serge Dedina – Imperial Beach - Dunes Park, (790 Seacoast Dr., Imperial Beach, CA 91932), 8:30am-9:30am.

Imperial Beach Councilmember Mark West – Imperial Beach - Dunes Park, (790 Seacoast Dr., Imperial Beach, CA 91932), 8:30am-12pm.

National City Mayor Ron Morrison – National City - Paradise Creek Educational Center (1817 Hoover Ave., National City, CA 91950), 11:30am-12:30pm.


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Paul Spear, Publisher, and Editor of Dig Imperial Beach 

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