38th annual California Coastal Cleanup Day is this weekend

Los Angeles County’s beach cities — from Long Beach to El Segund0 — are gearing up for the 38th annual California Coastal Cleanup Day this weekend.

Beachside towns and environmental organizations around the county will join the California Coastal Commission’s statewide effort to pick up trash by the shore on Saturday morning, Sept. 17.

Heal the Bay, a nonprofit environmental advocacy group, is coordinating cleanups at 35 sites along the coast, including in Manhattan Beach, Redondo Beach and Hermosa Beach, El Segundo, Torrance, San Pedro and Long Beach.

Long Beach will also host its own cleanup events at a handful of sites around the city, including at Junipero Beach, Belmont Pier, 54th and Claremont parking lot, The Peninsula, Mother’s Beach, Granada Beach/Rosie’s Dog Beach and elsewhere.

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During last year’s cleanup day, Heal the Bay volunteers cleared 5,051 pounds of trash and 156 pounds of recyclables, according to the organization’s website.

Volunteers at Long Beach-sponsored events removed more than 1,000 pounds of garbage from that area’s beaches last year, per a city press release.

If you go

California Coastal Cleanup Day is from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, Sept. 17. Find cleanup sites near you at coastal.ca.gov. Register to volunteer for heal the bay’s event at healthebay.org/coastalcleanupday.