If you head to the beach Sept. 16, leave the boogie board and sandcastle pail at home and bring your gloves and trash bags. It’s Coastal Cleanup Day.
Thousands of volunteers will pitch in and lend a hand at more than 50 L.A. County locations, from Malibu to San Pedro. Some events are community-based while others are organized by places such as the Cabrillo Marine Aquarium (www.cabrillomarineaquarium.org) and the Aquarium of the Pacific (www.aquariumofpacific.org). Santa Monica environmental organization Heal the Bay, which is coordinating some of the local cleanups, is offering volunteers free admission to the Santa Monica Aquarium that day.
California’s Coastal Cleanup Day is part of an international cleanup movement. In fact, it is the largest volunteer day in the world. Last year, more than 500,000 people cleared 18.3 million pounds of debris from beaches, parks and waterways in 112 countries. To get details on the L.A. County locations and get sign-up information, visit healthebay.org/event/coastal-cleanup-day-2017/.