H-SAN LUIS OBISPO COUNTY

Sep 21, 2013 8:04 PM by Lindsay MacLeod, KSBY News

Thousands volunteer statewide for California Coastal Cleanup Day

Tens of thousands of volunteers are working together to keep California beaches clean. It's all part of the 29th Annual California Coastal Cleanup Day. Volunteers met up at beaches throughout the state Saturday morning, including 29 beaches in San Luis Obispo County. Volunteer groups cleared trash in Montana de Oro, Morro Bay, Avila Beach, and other local coastal spots. "We figure out the amount of garbage that's been collected and each of the individual items, and this gets sent to a database nationally, and we know exactly what's been collected on our beaches," said Stephanie Little, a Board Member with Morro Coast Audubon. Little said they cleaned up lots of cigarette butts in Spooner's Cove. "Glass bottles, plastic bottles, fishing line. It's important to remove those items from the beach because they play a role in breaking down the environment," Little said. Last year, over 65,000 volunteers cleaned up nearly 770,000 pounds of debris.

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