photo by Mayela Padilla

I Love A Clean San Diego (ILACSD) will lead the 32nd Annual Coastal Cleanup Day as part of the International Coastal Cleanup on Saturday, Sept. 17 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. The community is invited to participate locally by choosing from 108 sites where more than 8,000 San Diego-based volunteers will work alongside a half million volunteers worldwide.

Although the name suggests that it is a beach cleanup, nearly 75 percent of the cleanup sites are actually located inland along rivers, creeks, canyons, and urban areas, where 80 percent of marine debris starts. While litter removal is a large focus of the event, volunteers will also participate in beautification projects such as graffiti removal and replacing invasive species with drought-tolerant landscaping.

ILACSD is San Diego’s most influential advocate for sustainability, awakening passion and inspiring action to create a lasting, positive impact on the local environment. For more information visit www.cleansd.org. Volunteers of all ages and ability levels are welcome to register for Cleanup Day at www.cleanupday.org.