Surfrider Easy up tent on the beach and people standing around itInternational Coastal Cleanup Day (ICCD) is one of the world’s largest annual preservation and protection events and volunteer efforts for our ocean, waves and beaches. For this annual event, we are partnering with the City of Long Beach Parks, Recreation and Marine Department.

To participate, we will move our monthly beach cleanup to Saturday, September 18th, 9 am. We will meet in our usual spot near the Belmont Pier. Bring gloves, reusable bag or bucket, and a grabber if you have it. 

As noted about ICCD on the Surfrider Foundation website:

“Some of the top five most commonly collected items on ICCD last year were cigarette butts, plastic beverage bottles, food wrappers, plastic bottle caps and plastic straws, respectively. All are forms of plastic debris. The very qualities that make plastic an adaptable and durable product to use, also make it an environmental nightmare. Plastics do not biodegrade. Instead they break down with exposure to weather and the sun’s ultraviolet rays into smaller and smaller pieces. When these pieces infiltrate the environment, especially marine environments, they wreak havoc on wildlife and the ecosystem.”

It would be great if you could join us as we do our part in Long Beach to add to the cleanup efforts going on throughout California and around the globe!