The mission of CCD is to engage people to remove debris from our beaches and waterways; to identify the sources of marine debris; and ultimately to change the behaviors that cause pollution.
Coastal Cleanup Day 2012 was another successful event in Ventura County. 3,346 volunteers cleaned up 40.1 miles of beaches and inland waterways, removing 10,970 pounds of trash and recyclables! Statewide in 2011, the event grew by 1,000 volunteers, bringing out more than 80,000 volunteers who collected 1.2 million pounds of debris. In addition, CCD is part of International Coastal Cleanup, which included almost 600,000 volunteers in 108 countries and 45 U.S. states in 2011, collecting more than 9.1 million pounds of debris. Volunteers not only cleaned up trash, they recorded over 10.5 million items from cigarette butts to fast food wrappers to cast-off appliances helping to provide a global snapshot of marine debris around the world."
Without the help of amazing volunteers like you, most of the debris collected would ultimately end up polluting our waterways, contaminating soil, damaging fragile marine ecosystems and endangering marine life. Please SAVE THE DATE for the next Coastal Cleanup Day, Sep 21, 2013!
Safety is our first priority for any beach cleanup. Even the cleanest-looking beach can hide dangers under the sand. Nails, broken glass, hypodermic needles and even an unexploded grenade have been found during one of our annual Coastal Cleanup Days!
In addition, everybody that joins us for a beach cleanup is required to sign our waiver form. School groups, boy scout and girl scout troops, and any person under the age of 18 will need a signature from a parent or guardian to participate in the cleanup. The waiver in English is available for download below. A Spanish version is available. Forms are also available at cleanup sites on Coastal Cleanup Day.
For more information on volunteering contact: Kay Allen - KAllen@simivalley.org