Making Trash Extinct


How much do you know about California Coastal Cleanup Day? It’s an annual event with some downright impressive numbers.  Take our short quiz about California Coastal Cleanup Day and its 29-year history.  Afterwards, you can impress your family and friends with all your amazing knowledge about an amazing event here in California and inspire them to join the cleanup on September 21, California Coastal Cleanup Day 2013!

Question: What’s the biggest volunteer day on the planet?

Answer: California Coastal Cleanup Day! In 2012, more than 62,000 volunteers helped clean up our beautiful state.

Question: So, how much trash is typically collected and removed?

Answer: In 2012, 728,289 pounds of trash and 143,291 pounds of recyclable waste were removed from more than 1,500 miles of waterways.

Question: What pollutant is the biggest offender in our waterways?

Answer: Cigarette butts account for almost 40% of the trash removed every year. Since California Coastal Cleanup’s start, 6,400,000 cigarette butts have been removed. 

Question: What are some of the most interesting items found?

Answer: From car-engine blocks to money to toys to jewelry, the items found every year during California Coastal Cleanup Day run the gamut, from interesting to eye-opening.

Coastal Cleanup Day is about much more than picking up trash. It’s a chance for Californians to join people around the world in expressing their respect for our oceans and waterways. It’s an opportunity for community members to demonstrate their desire for clean water and healthy marine life. And it’s a moment to share with one’s neighbors, family, and friends, coming together to accomplish something vital and worthy on behalf of our environment. So, join us on September 21, 2013, and let’s make trash extinct!

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2013 California Coastal Cleanup Day artwork courtesy of the California Coastal Commission.


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