Did you know that the Ocean Conservancy beach cleanup has collected more than 300 million pounds of trash over the past 30 years of their annual volunteer events? Inspired by those beach cleanup events, members of AMC and their families rally together every summer to pick up trash and help keep our local California beaches clean. While we can’t officially host that event this year, we want you to join us with our own cleanup!

We’ve designated Saturday, July 25, as our cleanup day. Although COVID-19 restrictions mean we can’t gather physically, we can still individually make small efforts that lead to big results for our surrounding beaches and parks.

Benefits of Clean Beaches and Parks

Itching to get out of the apartment for a few hours? Spending a few hours picking up trash at your favorite beach or park has many benefits. It helps the wildlife, offers a great physical activity, and brings the satisfaction of knowing your efforts are making a difference.

There are also economic benefits to cleaning up our local beaches. Because America’s beaches account for 85 percent of all US tourism venues, economists estimate that “a typical swimming day is worth $35 per beach visitor.” Keeping our beaches clean and open is key to the tourism economy.

Whether you spend a day at Sunset Beach or take an afternoon walk to Vista Del Valle Park for a few hours of work, you’re making the world a more beautiful place. Want to make the cleanup part of your daily workout? Designate an area and tight time limit to add some cardio to your trash pickup.

Tips for a Perfect Cleanup

Whether you’ve blocked out July 25 on your calendar or designated another day, there are some items you need to grab to ensure a safe and productive cleanup. In addition to your favorite reusable water bottle and snacks, be sure to include these items to your list:

  • Garbage collection bags
  • Gloves and/or hand sanitizer
  • First aid kit
  • Sunscreen
  • Grabbers, brooms, dustpans, and buckets for cigarette butts and glass

Keep Your Cleanup Safe

With COVID-19 restrictions still being enforced, your park or beach cleanup crew might be smaller than in other years. But, if you are sending a broader invite, consider this advice from the CDC: “When guests arrive . . . don’t shake hands, do elbow bumps, or give hugs. Instead wave and verbally greet them.” And be sure to wear your mask as you adhere to California’s mask mandate when you can’t maintain a physical distance of six feet from people.

Now is a great time to shake off the quarantine funk and get out and clean your favorite beach or park. Your help really does make a difference and can lead to a fun and memorable summer activity. Join us for our beach and park cleanup event on July 25, or find a day that works best for you sometime this month. Be sure and tag Fair Oaks in your photos and use the hashtags #AMCcleanup and #livehappy. We can’t wait to see the difference you are making!