For Immediate Release
Press Contact: Patty Donald, Shoreline Cleanup Coordinator, (510) 981-6720

Help collect and count plastics along the Berkeley waterfront

Berkeley, California (Tuesday, September 08, 2009) - Berkeley residents are invited to join the tens of thousands of California volunteers who will help clean up our local beaches, bays, and waterways during this year’s Coastal Clean Up.

California Coastal Cleanup Day is Saturday, September 19th, from 9 a.m. to noon. Sponsors include California Coastal Commission, Whole Foods, Sunset Magazine, and the City of Berkeley. This local event is part of an international movement that includes volunteers from at least 97 countries.

In 2008, 73,461 volunteers turned out to participate in California Coastal Cleanup Day, a 20 percent jump over 2007 and a 46 percent increase in volunteers over the past two years. Last year’s volunteers removed 1.6 million pounds of debris, of which almost 200,000 pounds was recycled, both record numbers for the Cleanup Program.

Volunteers also help compile data about garbage for the largest research project in the world. The data that is collected is used to change laws and to educate people about how to be conscientious consumers.

For example: Did you know that in the East Bay, smoking related garbage is no longer the most numerous debris item? Now it's pieces of plastic. Plastic doesn't go away; it just gets broken into smaller pieces. But regardless of size, plastic can disrupt whole ecosystems and be fatal to many plants and animals. YOU CAN HELP.

Groups of ten or more need to pre-register by calling 510-981-6720.

Individual and small groups, please arrive promptly at 9:00 a.m. to get some coffee, sign waivers, and receive an educational safety training. We will show you how to fill out the data card and where to put the bags when filled. At the end of the event, when you return the filled out data card, you will receive a raffle ticket for great prizes from local businesses.

Bring your own personal non-disposable water bottle, bags or buckets, gloves, sunscreen and a hat. Some gloves and bags will be provided.

Getting to the Berkeley Marina

Other Locations: If you are interested in cleaning up the Emeryville shoreline, show up at the Firehouse on Powell St. at 9:00 a.m. For Albany, go to Albany Beach at the foot of Buchanan St. in Albany at 8:30 a.m.

For more information, visit and follow the link to the Shoreline Cleanup.