California Coastal Cleanup Day

September 17, 2016 marks California Coastal Cleanup day. Many citizens picked up trash this morning. The local air resources board declared today a “Spare the Air Day” so I helped clean up the beach nearest home—Doran Regional Park.

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A crowd of approximately 50 were at the check-in station. I handed a volunteer my waiver form and ventured out to fill my bucket.

Ninety minutes later my green five-gallon bucket was almost full.

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I wore the blue glove to pick up dicier pieces of trash (see below).

I hauled in a little more than 8 pounds of garbage. Most of it was everyday throw-aways: bits of styrofoam, cigarette butts, food wrappers, single-use cups, plastic beverage bottles, and tennis balls that the retriever did not retrieve.

Mixed in were things that suggested untold stories:

  • a good pair of children’s shoes
  • a used condom and its wrapper
  • broken prescription eyeglasses
  • a hand-rolled, and only half-smoked marijuana joint
  • a FULL can of Coors beer
  • a cremation certificate of dated August 4, 2016

Before driving home I took fifteen minutes to make a quick monochromatic watercolor sketch of the beach. (I’m learning to watercolor!)

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It’s fun to participate these events. You’ll meet some interesting people and leave feeling good about your efforts to make the world a better place. For more information, visit California Coastal Cleanup.

(Picking up litter feels good each and every time you do it.)