If you’ve been to the beach lately–which you probably have–you’ve noticed a lot of trash. In fact, if you’ve been anywhere on earth lately–which you probably have–you’ve noticed a lot of trash. We throw shit out like it’s going out of style. And a few weeks ago, on Saturday, September 16, just over 7,000 people joined forces to do a little garbage duty. Not a little, though. Those 7,000 volunteers picked up 70,485 pounds of garbage from 56 sites in Orange County. That’s nearly 14,000 pounds more than last year’s total, and somewhat depressingly, doesn’t even make a dent.
The whole thing was organized by the Orange County Coastkeeper, a non-profit clean water organization that serves as a steward of our fresh and saltwater ecosystems. “It’s common to see these items around the house, but when you pick them up from the sand, it makes the pollution problem personal,” said Lauren Smith, a coordinator for OC Coastkeeper, to the OC Register. “Coastal Cleanup Day educates people about how their everyday actions impact the local environment, no matter how far they are from the beach, and how they can make a positive difference.”