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36th Annual Coastal Cleanup Day to include free supply pickup hub in Hillcrest

36th Annual Coastal Cleanup Day to include free supply pickup hub in Hillcrest

The 36th Annual Coastal Cleanup Day encourages you to Protect Your Happy Place! Volunteers across San Diego County can sign up now to clean up close to home so we all stay safe, but make a positive impact for our environment.

Volunteers are needed to pick up litter near their homes - especially the new trend of PPE (personal protective equipment like masks) that are left behind - anytime on Saturday, Sept. 26. Community activist Benny Cartwright will be hosting a "Supply Hub" in Hillcrest for those who wish to cleanup in or near Hillcrest. The hub, which will be located underneath the Hillcrest sign on Universtiy Ave. at Fifth Ave., will include free cleanup supplies, along with tips on where the "litter hot spots" in the neighborhood are. Cartwright will be staffing the Supply Hub from 8:30-11 am that day.

Participating in any part of San Diego is easy! Join an army of socially-distanced Volunteer Environmental Champions to clean up litter and debris in your corner of San Diego County. Thousands of small efforts will help prevent TONS of litter from entering our creeks, bays and the ocean! How to participate:

1. Register Online and you'll receive an email with full requirements and details on how to prepare.

2. Like and join I Love A Clean San Diego on Facebook Live at 9AM for the official kickoff with featured guests @ILoveACleanSD.

3. Prepare your supplies. Put those used grocery bags to use! Gather your gardening or cleaning gloves, reusable buckets, litter grabbers, reusable water bottles and sturdy shoes. Supply & Data Hubs are available if you don’t have access to materials at home.

4. Socially distance, wear a mask and protecive gear, and go outside and clean up! Take pride in cleaning your neighborhood by walking your block or going to an assigned Litter Hotspot, and keep track of your litter as you go along.

5. Separate your trash and recyclables! By properly separating, we're enhancing our recycling knowledge and supporting the recycling system. When you're finished, use your bins at home to dispose of trash and recycling.

6. Share your accomplishments! Please help us by reporting totals and detailed litter data to the Volunteer Impact Map and make sure San Diego County is included in the international effort!

More information about the overall Coastal Cleanup Day in San Diego County is here. Those who wish to cleanup in or near Hillcrest can also contact Cartwright at 619-316-9197 or benny.bc.cartwright@gmail.com.