Saturday marks the 34th Annual International Coastal Cleanup Day.
San Luis Obispo County residents can help fight pollution by volunteering for the largest statewide and international clean up effort.
The Environmental Center of San Luis Obispo organizes the local event with the goal of cleaning up our lakes, beaches and creeks.
According to ECOSLO, the top three items volunteers pick up are cigarette butts, pieces of plastic and food wrappers.
Last year, nearly 1,400 community volunteers helped remove 6,400 pounds of trash in San Luis Obispo County.
This year, volunteers can choose from 35 different coastal and inland sites across the county.
A list of a few things you are asked to bring as a volunteer:
- Grocery bag for reuse
- Closed-toed shoes
Cleanup sights will have a limited number of bags, buckets and gloves.
ECOSLO cleanups are data-driven so volunteers will pick up trash and track what they find with provided data cards.
Community members of all ages are invited to participate. The nationwide event is Saturday, September 15 from 9:00 a.m. to noon.
To volunteer, register here.