Tuesday, June 10, 2008
2007 Morning After Mess
1,000 volunteers picked up over 9,000 pounds of trash and 20,000 cigarette butts that were left behind from the 4th of July celebration on San Diego Beaches. Surfrider Foundation San Diego County Chapter and Sun Diego Boardshops sponsored the 4th annual "Morning After Mess" in order to cleanup litter and raise awareness about the state of the beaches following the holiday.
"I was shocked and speechless when I got to the beach this morning and saw the mess that was left behind. After seeing what our volunteers accomplished and a much cleaner beach, I went to work with a renewed bounce in my step. We owe it to all the volunteers that worked so hard" said Ken David from the Surfrider San Diego Executive Committee.
David added; "One bright note is that even though the totals are shocking, the mess was not as bad as last year and we found significantly fewer cigarette butts, thanks in large part to the smoking bans at various beaches." Next year, the Surfrider Foundation San Diego Chapter and Sun Diego Boardshops will host the 5th "Morning After Mess" Beach Cleanup Day. Cleanup organizers ask beach-goers to help decrease litter by consuming less and buying products that have little packaging. According the volunteers that participated in the July 5th beach cleanup, the majority of the trash is related to packaging.
"We had seven different cleanup sites throughout San Diego County. Local environmental and citizen based groups such as San Diego Coastkeeper, I Love Clean San Diego, and Keep Del Mar Clean, helped organize each site. We are encouraged by the enormous success and we hope our educational message has a lasting impact" said Bill Hickman Chapter Coordinator for the San Diego County Chapter of the Surfrider Foundation.
Posted by Bill at 10:37 PM