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MEDIA CONTACT: Pia Piscitelli
Volunteer Registration Now Open for 15th Annual Creek to Bay Cleanup on Earth Day
SAN DIEGO COUNTY – Registration for I Love A Clean San Diego’s (ILACSD) signature countywide cleanup event, Creek to Bay Cleanup, is now open at CreekToBay.org. The 15th Annual Creek to Bay Cleanup is a one-day event that gives thousands of local residents the chance to channel their appreciation for San Diego’s environment into action. ILACSD anticipates over 6,000 volunteers for this year’s event on Earth Day, April 22nd from 9:00 AM to 12:00 Noon. There are 100 cleanup locations throughout San Diego County for volunteers to get involved. A complete list of cleanup sites is available at CreekToBay.org.
The event tagline, Your Neighborhood, Our Environment, encourages volunteers to sign up for a site in their neighborhood to contribute to the health and beauty of the entire region. In 2016, more than 6,400 volunteers removed 170,000 pounds of debris during the three-hour event. While trash removal is a large focus of the event, volunteers will also make a difference in their communities through beautification projects such as native planting and graffiti removal. These beautification projects restore local outdoor areas and evoke a strong sense of community pride across the County.
80% of marine debris originates from inland sources. The litter you find in your neighborhood may find its way to your favorite beach and the Pacific Ocean through our waterways. To make the biggest impact, ILACSD focuses on inland communities to stop pollution at the source. This year’s event will have 77 inland sites.
ILACSD encourages volunteers to bring their own reusable water bottle, gardening or work gloves, and bucket to collect litter. By choosing reusables, volunteers will reduce the use of plastic disposable items and keep thousands of single-use bags and disposable gloves out of San Diego’s crowded landfills. The “Bling Your Bucket” contest encourages creativity and conservation with a reusable bucket to collect litter. Kids and adults can submit a photo of their decorated reusable trash collection bucket for the chance to win prizes.
The Creek to Bay Cleanup Photo Contest, sponsored by Sony Electronics, allows volunteers to celebrate their volunteerism. This year’s theme, Love Your Neighborhood This Earth Day, encourages youth and adults to capture their experience making a difference on Earth Day.
About I Love A Clean San Diego (ILACSD) As San Diego’s most influential advocate for sustainability, I Love A Clean San Diego (ILACSD) is an environmental catalyst, awakening passion and inspiring action, empowering everyone to improve the health and beauty of our local environment. For over sixty years, we’ve brought the best in all of us together for a lasting, positive impact on our region. We are passion in action. For more information, to volunteer or donate, visit www.cleansd.org or call (619) 291-0103. Connect with us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.