I Love A Clean San Diego (ILACSD) hosted its 35th Annual Coastal Cleanup Day at 107 sites throughout San Diego County in September, including the San Dieguito Lagoon and Elfin Forest Recreational Reserve. More than 6,500 volunteers cleared nearly 145,000 pounds of waste and debris from streets, canyons, parks, and the coastline, as well as completing restoration projects such as painting, graffiti removal, non-native vegetation removal, mulching, trail restoration, and weeding.

For the 35th year in a row, plastic remains the chief polluter collected throughout the county, and cigarette butts remain the most littered individual item. Some notable odd items collected included a reclining chair, refrigerator, wheelchair, plastic Christmas tree, messages in a bottle, rice cooker, restaurant pager, and a guitar case.

Coastal Cleanup Day is one of two annual countywide cleanups hosted by ILACSD; the Creek to Bay cleanup will be held on April 25, 2020. Learn more about how to get involved at www.ilacsd.org.