In April and September, volunteers gather at more than 100 cleanup sites countywide to remove trash and beautify the local community. These cleanups often involve additional service projects based on local needs such as graffiti removal and planting projects. ILACSD has been coordinating Coastal Cleanup Day in San Diego County for nearly 30 years and started its signature event, The Creek to Bay Cleanup, in 2003. Together, these two events alone provide nearly 50,000 hours of volunteer service to enhance San Diego’s natural environment.
ILACSD’s monthly cleanup events take place both on the coast as well as in local creek beds, canyons, open space parks and everywhere in between. In 2015 alone, ILACSD conducted 245 cleanups across San Diego County and successfully removed nearly 500,000 pounds of debris. Volunteers see first-hand how trash makes its way from inland communities all the way to the coast through San Diego County’s vast watershed system. Volunteers of all ages are invited to participate in these cleanups.
I Love A Clean San Diego is the San Diego County coordinator of the statewide Adopt-A-Beach program, one of the organization’s most popular volunteer programs. This independent volunteer program offers volunteers the flexibility to choose the location, date, and time of their cleanups. Volunteers are encouraged to perform at least three cleanups per year.
While the name suggests that only beaches are available for adoption, there are several inland locations available for adoption including two new sites in Escondido, Dixon Lake and Kit Carson Park. ILACSD offers free presentations and cleanup supplies as part of the program. Visit the Adopt-A-Beach website or contact Community Program Coordinator Michelle Freeman at firstname.lastname@example.org to learn more about adopting a local beach or inland area.
I Love A Clean San Diego’s partnership with Think Blue, the City of San Diego’s Storm Water Pollution Prevention Division, works to educate the public about storm drain pollution.
Urban storm-water runoff is the largest contributor to coastal marine pollution. Wind and rain move trash and other pollutants into San Diego’s storm drain system that empties out along San Diego’s coastline. Storm drains, unlike the sewer, are not treated or filtered. By stenciling the drains with the pollution prevention message, people are reminded that motor oil, soap, gum, food wrappers, and cigarette butts, don’t belong in our storm drains or the environment.
To reserve your supplies, please call ILACSD’s Community Program Coordinator, Michelle Freeman, at 619.704.2774. Please call at least one week prior to your ideal stenciling day.
A $25 deposit, cash or check only, is required for each kit. Your check can be made out to I Love A Clean San Diego. We will return the deposit when the kit is returned on time with clean paint brushes. In the event that kits are damaged or returned late, checks will be cashed.
Thanks to support from Keep America Beautiful, ILACSD partners with the Surfrider Foundation San Diego Chapter to combat the large cigarette butt litter issue facing local beaches, neighborhoods, and outdoor areas. Through this partnership, permanent ashcans are installed throughout San Diego County including Oceanside, Point Loma, North Park and La Mesa. The successful program has decreased cigarette butt litter by 55% on average, proving that adequate infrastructure is key to proper disposal. If you would like to install ashcans near your business or along a pedestrian throughway, contact Lauren Short by phone at 619.704.2772 oremail.
Looking for a fun team building event for your employees, or a way to show your company’s dedication to the environment? I Love A Clean San Diego coordinates team building cleanups for local businesses at local beaches, parks, and trails. We provide comprehensive event planning, coordination, and supplies for a small fee. For more information, please see our easy to read Team Building Cleanup factsheet. If you would like I Love A Clean San Diego to coordinate a cleanup for your business, please contact Lauren Short by phone at 619.704.2772 or email at email@example.com