OB’s Dog Beach ‘Wins’ Morning After Clean-Up With Most Trash

by on July 7, 2021 · 2 comments

in Environment, Ocean Beach, San Diego

OB’s Dog Beach had the most trash during Surfrider’s “Morning After” annual clean-up of beaches on July 5th. It came in at 560 pounds. The OB Pier had 223 pounds. In comparison, Belmont Park weighed in with 317 pounds.

Here’s Surfrider’s report:

Surfrider Volunteers Remove 1,457 Pounds of Trash from San Diego’s beaches after 4th of July Holiday

More than 600 volunteers gathered at six popular beaches yesterday morning to assist with the Surfrider Foundation San Diego’s annual post-Fourth of July “Morning After” beach cleanup series. In only two hours, Surfrider volunteers had recovered more than  1,457 pounds of trash — the majority consisting of single-use plastics —  which otherwise could have washed into the sea adding to the already critical pollution problem devastating the world’s oceans.

Surfrider volunteers hosted four cleanups at Ocean Beach Pier, Crystal Pier, Moonlight Beach, and Oceanside Pier; while the San Diego River Park Foundation hosted an Ocean Beach Dog Beach cleanup, and I Love a Clean San Diego hosted Mission Beach/Belmont Park.  These cleanup sites were chosen because of the high concentration of beachgoers and notorious reputations for post-4th of July trash.

Total Weights by Site:

    • Ocean Beach Pier – 223 lbs
    • Ocean Beach Dog Beach – 560 lbs
    • Belmont Park – 317 lbs
    • Crystal Pier – 159 lbs
    • Moonlight Beach – 102 lbs
    • Oceanside Pier – 96 lbs

Few holidays generate more trash on San Diego County beaches than the Fourth of July.  The “morning after” exemplifies the disastrous consequences that our reliance on wasteful, single-use plastic products wreaks upon our coastal environment. Each year, the San Diego County Chapter and partners host the “Morning After” cleanup series to help tackle the mess.

“Many volunteers remarked that the beaches seemed cleaner than in previous years, which is a great sign, but we must not lose sight of the fact that even one piece of trash on the beach is one piece too many,” said Mitch Silverstein, Surfrider Foundation San Diego Chapter Manager.

“More than anything, we hope our beach cleanups inspire San Diegans to continue down the path of coastal stewardship, to continue lessening their reliance on single-use plastics, and to start ,or continue, to hold businesses and governments accountable for the plastic pollution that has no place in our communities, on our beaches, and in our ocean.”

The Surfrider Foundation San Diego has a handful of programs working to fight plastic pollution in San Diego. Specifically, the Rise Above Plastics program has been a key player in introducing and passing single-use plastic and polystyrene ordinances across San Diego County. The program uses outreach, education and advocacy to cut down on single-use plastics and cigarette butts before they reach the coast.

For more information on the Surfrider Foundation San Diego, go here – or contact Chapter Manger, Mitch Silverstein, at mitch@surfridersd.org.

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retired botanist July 7, 2021 at 3:37 pm

Wow, thank you to these wonderful task forces who do so much for our shorelines! Dedicated, consistent, and unwavering! It is truly a thankless job, picking up after people, and I am deeply appreciative of your efforts over the years! :-)

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Gary Huber July 14, 2021 at 5:57 pm

Is that a tribute to the diligence of our volunteer trash gatherers, or to the the messiness of our beach-goers?

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