Coastal Cleanup Day 2017
Over five tons of debris cleaned on the North Coast
on Coastal Cleanup Day
The third weekend of September is always a busy one for us at the NEC, with the North Country Fair, the All Species Parade, and our biggest event of the year—Coastal Cleanup Day!
Saturday, September 16, hundreds of Humboldt County residents woke up early to go out, get a little dirty and pick up some trash for Coastal Cleanup Day 2017. Elementary, middle, high schoolers, college and volunteers who have been with us for years all showed up for the cleanup. This widely celebrated day is an annual tradition for many, and we welcome many more volunteers each year. At almost 60 different sites more than 600 volunteers purged our local beaches and waterways for the better half of the morning and throughout the day, amassing over five tons of garbage!
We are proud to say Coastal Cleanup Day began in Humboldt County over 38 years ago with the NEC and has since grown into the international event we know today. Coastal Cleanup Day is one of the largest volunteering events worldwide. Organized internationally by the Ocean Conservancy, the purpose is to reduce the amount of garbage, recycling and other debris from entering our waterways and oceans.
We are ecstatic to have participated in yet another year of successful cleanups. Statewide, the California Coastal Commission’s preliminary numbers showed more than 42,000 volunteers cleaned up over 293,700 pounds of trash and an additional 23,100 pounds of recyclables—totaling around 158 tons picked up from over 900 sites!
We would not be able to put on this collaboration of cleaning up our beaches without all of the support from agencies, organizations, businesses, and of course you, our volunteers! Many thanks to all our site captains, and everyone who participated! We cannot thank you all enough for your continued support and commitment to our local cleanup effort.
Visit our website for a list of site captains and more photos of Coastal Cleanup Day.
Check back for a list of 2017 site captains, cleanup locations and link to more photos!