Coastal Cleanup Day is Saturday
Alameda’s 26th annual Coastal Cleanup Day is this Saturday, September 25 from 9 a.m. to noon. Participants are asked to meet near the corner of Shoreline Drive and Park Street, across the street from Alameda Towne Centre.
Participants in the big beach cleanup, which is sponsored by the City of Alameda Public Works Department, Alameda County Industries and the East Bay Regional Park District, are asked to pre-register. To do that, call 749-5840, (888) EB-PARKS or click this link to register online. More information on the event is available here.
Last year, event organizers say, some 510 volunteers picked up 1,314 pounds of litter that included plastic bags, straws, bottle caps, cigarette filters and more off of Alameda’s shoreline. Statewide, more than 80,000 volunteers cleared 1.3 million pounds of garbage from California’s shoreline.
“Litter that is tossed out of a car window often makes its way to a storm drain or catch basin along our city streets, and unfortunately washes straight out to the Bay. This debris, which often looks like food to marine life, is very harmful if consumed, so it is essential that all of us take care to ensure the streets of our island are litter-free,” Public Works Director Matthew Naclerio wrote on the city’s website.
Separately, Public Works is holding a free e-waste recycling event coming up on October 9, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. That’s on Alameda Point at 51 West Trident Street. They’ll take your old computers, televisions, fax machines, printers and more. More on that here.