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Press Contact: Matthai Chakko, (510) 981-7008

CALIFORNIA COASTAL CLEANUP DAY IN BERKELEY
Clean up our waterways, help change a culture of waste, build community

Berkeley, California (Wednesday, September 14, 2016) - Come join fellow Berkeleyans this Saturday for Coastal Cleanup Day as volunteers clean the mouths of several creeks, Aquatic Park, the city's shoreline and around the Marina.

The Berkeley cleanup will be on Saturday, September 17th from 9:00am - 12:00pm as thousands of other Californians elsewhere also clean up local beaches, bays and waterways.

To participate in Berkeley, come register between 9-10:30 a.m. at the Shorebird Park Nature Center, 160 University Ave., at the Berkeley Marina. Groups of 5 or more need to pre-register by calling 510-981-6720 or emailing Naturecenter@cityofberkeley.info. More information and children's waivers are available online at www.cityofberkeley.info/shorelinecleanup.

You'll get a safety training, waivers to sign and directions to the Cleanup locations.

Each year, more than a million pounds of debris is removed from California beaches, rivers, creeks, lakes, and waterways, during Coastal Cleanup Day. The impact is tremendous. Events like this help change consumer habits.  Plus, working together can help build community.

Although we will have bags and gloves for your use, we would like to reduce plastic. If you can, please:

·         Bring a bucket or reusable bag for collecting trash. Most cleanup sites have dumpsters or roll-away bins so you can dump what you collect and bring your bucket or reusable bag back home.

·         Bring a lightweight pair of gardening gloves from home, instead of using the disposable plastic gloves we provide.

·         Bring a filled, reusable water bottle to keep yourself hydrated..

·         Carpool or use public transportation - Take  AC Transit's  51B bus, or bike, to the Cleanup. Use the pedestrian overpass and the Bay Trail to reach the Shorebird Park Nature Center at 160 University Ave. Berkeley CA. Parking is limited.

Volunteers will 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. The top 10 trash items at cleanups are "one use" items, and 80 % of the trash we pick up comes from land based sources.  See how you can make a difference every day. Adopt your neighborhood storm drain and before and after any storm. Pick up trash before it makes it into our waterways.

At the end of the Cleanup, when you return the filled out data card, you will get a raffle ticket for some great prizes.

This program is run by the City's Parks, Recreation and Waterfront Department, whose Recreation Division organizes dozens of camps, classes and other activities for people of all ages. Get a glimpse at the Recreation division's offerings through the Activity Guide and sign up via our online registration portal.

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