Come volunteer to make a difference at our Oceanside beaches!
Imagine enjoying the beautiful Oceanside beach. You’re splashing in the waves, building sandcastles with the kids, or walking to the pier… and then you step on a chip bag, or a water bottle, or a piece of glass. Does that mental picture make you angry? It should!
The 2014 Oceanside Beach Cleanups will help stop this litter on land before it becomes marine debris in our ocean!
2014 Oceanside Beach Cleanup
What is it?
Beach cleanups are free, public events for residents, visitors, and beach lovers in and around Oceanside to give back by picking up litter on the beaches before it gets dragged into the ocean we love.
When is it?
The next Oceanside Beach Cleanup is Saturday, February 1, 2014, from 9-11 a.m. Oceanside Beach Cleanups occur on the first Saturday of every month except December. Click here to view the full 2014 schedule for beach cleanups in Oceanside and the rest of the San Diego area.
Where is it?
The Oceanside Beach Cleanup meets on the beach by the north side of the Oceanside Pier.
Why are the Oceanside Beach Cleanups important?
Marine debris is human-created waste that ends up in a body of water. About 80% of this type of water pollution comes from the land population and includes beach visitors, pedestrians, and motorists who drop trash. About 60-80% of marine debris is plastic, a material that contains harmful chemicals and does not biodegrade (which means that it will only break into smaller and smaller pieces, but it will never break down completely). These small plastic pieces and other debris build up in oceans to create huge masses of waste and pollution that contaminate the water with chemicals and are ingested by sea life, such as birds, marine mammals, sea turtles, and fish. Swimmers, surfers, and fishermen who come in contact with contaminated ocean water can also be affected. Want to read more? Click here to read about the Great Pacific Garbage Patch.
How to get involved:
Come out and volunteer for an Oceanside Beach Cleanup. No preregistration is required unless you are a group of 25 people or more. Cleanup materials are provided, but please reduce waste and “Rise Above Plastics” by bringing your own reusable bags, buckets, and work gloves if you have them. Wear comfortable clothes, closed-toe shoes, hat, and sunscreen, and please, please bring a reusable water bottle for your drinking water (we have enough disposable plastic bottles to pick up!)
Need more information about Oceanside Beach Cleanups? Contact the Surfrider Foundation San Diego Chapter.
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