2021 California Coastal Cleanup
By Jennifer Robins
in the Coastal Cleanup at the Bolsa Chica
Ecological Reserve. Photo by Tom Pfeifer.
The parking lot was already almost full with cars driving through looking for a spot to park. Many were visitors to the wetlands, but the volunteer cleanup crews arrived too. They completed their waiver forms, signed out trash grabbers and received a California Coastal Commission Trash Data Form to keep track of the items they found on the trails. They were given gloves and buckets for the trash, which they could easily dump into the dumpster.
It is always amazing to see the sort of trash gathered including cigarette butts, of course, sanitary products, hats, bottles and general roadside trash people have thrown out their car windows. One interesting item was a purple Beanie Baby with its face chewed off. Not sure what animal may have taken a liking to the stuffed bear. Thanks to all who helped make the Amigos de Bolsa Chica Coastal Clean-up Day a success: 36 volunteers that cleaned up 200 pounds of trash.