While many people across the nation headed to the beach to celebrate the Fourth of July, more than 525 volunteers headed to the beach after the holiday to help clean up waste that was left behind.
At this year’s Surfrider Foundation San Diego’s annual post-Fourth of July beach cleanups, more than 1,493 pounds of trash and recycling were collected. Of that waste were more than 8,000 cigarette butts and 1,535 plastic food wrappers.
Times of San Diego has more information:
More than 1,493 pounds of trash and recycling were collected Thursday during the Surfrider Foundation San Diego’s annual post-Fourth of July beach cleanups, the nonprofit announced.
More than 525 volunteers took part in the “Morning After Mess” events, held in collaboration with I Love a Clean San Diego and San Diego Coastkeeper at at the Ocean Beach Pier, Fiesta Island, Pacific Beach and Oceanside Pier.
Those areas were chosen because of their high concentration of beachgoers and “notorious reputation” for post-Independence Day trash, according to Surfrider.