The Coastal Cleanup Day Diet: How San Diego Lost 150,000 Pounds in One Day

7,500+ volunteers removed trash, planted trees and beautified the region

Armed with buckets, work gloves, shovels and abundant energy, more than 7,500 volunteers worked their way through 110 sites across San Diego County this past Saturday for the 33rd Annual Coastal Cleanup Day.

Organized by local non-profit—and SDG&E Environmental Champion grant recipient—I Love A Clean San Diego, this year’s Coastal Cleanup Day was another success for the health of our region’s environment. More than 75 tons of debris was removed from San Diego’s waterways and inland watershed, including from a number of community parks, preventing it from reaching our oceans and causing harm to delicate ecosystems.

Among the hardworking volunteers were nearly 400 of SDG&E’s Environmental All-Stars at five sites spanning from the San Dieguito Lagoon in Del Mar to Veteran’s Park in Imperial Beach.

SDG&E has been participating at Coastal Cleanup Day since 2000, and those efforts haven’t gone unnoticed by our partner at I Love A Clean San Diego. The organization recently awarded their Employee Engagement Award to SDG&E in recognition of the more than 8,000 employees who have volunteered for Coastal Cleanup Day over the past 17 years.

Protecting our Coastlines from the Inland

With a name like Coastal Cleanup Day, inland areas like Scripps Ranch and Fallbrook may not be the first places that come to mind. But when it comes to protecting our oceans from garbage, there is one simple truth: trash travels.

Whether it’s a gum wrapper in Lemon Grove or a cigarette straight into the sand of Ocean Beach, the ultimate resting place for litter is the ocean—so no matter where you are, you can help keep our oceans clean.

Get Involved Today for Tomorrow

Learn more about I Love A Clean San Diego and join an upcoming event to help keep San Diego beautiful for generations to come.