Central Coast residents helped combat pollution at the 34th Annual International Coastal Cleanup Day Saturday
The Environmental Center of San Luis Obispo (ECOSLO) organizes the annual cleanup locally each year.
Volunteers helped clean up several beaches, including San Simeon Cove, Cayucos Pier, Morro Strand Dog Beach, Morro Rock, Baywood Pier, Avila Beach, Shell Beach and Pismo Pier.
According to ECOSLO, last year, nearly 1,400 San Luis Obispo County community members volunteered and they removed 6,400 pounds of trash and recyclables. They said the top three items picked up last year were cigarette butts, pieces of plastic and food wrappers.
Participants were encouraged to bring grocery bags for reuse, a bucket and gloves.