In 2018, during a 24-hour beach cleanup event held across California’s 800 miles of coastline, there were more than one million pieces of trash picked up, weighing in at a massive 840,000 pounds.

Every summer, members and residents of AMC and their families gather together to do our part to help pick up pounds of trash at local beaches and parks. This year, we’ve designated Saturday, July 25, as our AMC cleanup event. While we can’t gather physically due to COVID-19 restrictions, we can individually make small efforts that lead to big results for our beautiful beaches and parks.

Pack the Right Supplies for Your Beach or Park Cleanup

Now that you have marked July 25 on your calendar or picked another day that works best for you, it’s time to collect all the necessary supplies. Here is a list of key supplies to ensure a successful cleanup.

  • Trash bags and/or reusable five-gallon bucket
  • Paper lawn and refuse bags for yard waste
  • Reusable cloth gloves
  • First aid kit
  • Sunscreen and bug spray

Don’t forget to bring your own reusable water bottle and healthy snacks, too.

Discover the Physical and Mental Benefits of a Cleanup Event

Cleaning up any sort of litter is satisfying, helps the local wildlife, can boost the economy, and is a great opportunity for some outdoor activity.

We’ve all heard the heartbreaking stories of seabirds, sea turtles, dolphins, and even whales dying tragically after either ingesting or getting tangled in plastic that has been discarded into the ocean. In fact, “almost half of all seabird species, 22% of cetaceans, all sea turtle species and a growing list of fish species have been documented with plastic found in or around their bodies,” according to MG Surfline.

Whether you opt for a morning of volunteering at Progress Park or take a day trip to Bayshore Beach, you can not only make the world even more beautiful, but you can actually help save the lives of many wonderful sea creatures.

Stay Safe While Serving

With COVID-19 restrictions still in place, cleanup crews are bound to be smaller this year, with just your roommates or immediate family volunteering. If you’re inviting friends or extended family to join your cleanup, consider the CDC’s advice to “minimize gestures that promote close contact. For example, don’t shake hands, do elbow bumps, or give hugs. Instead wave and verbally greet them.” And in keeping with the state’s mask mandate, wear your mask “when maintaining a physical distance of 6 feet from persons who are not members of the same household or residence is not feasible.”

Cleaning up trash at local beaches and parks really makes a difference and is a fun summer activity. So join us for our beach and park cleanup on July 25 or anytime during the month of July! Tag Four Seasons in your photos and use the hashtags #AMCcleanup and #livehappy. We can’t wait to see the difference you are making!