LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com) — About 10,000 volunteers were expected to spend three hours on Saturday morning picking up trash at more than 50 spots along Los Angeles County beaches and inland waterways as part of the 26th annual coastal cleanup day.
The effort is part of a global movement of about 600,000 people who are expected to participate in what the Guinness Book of World Records calls the biggest single-day volunteer event on the planet.
Over the years, Coastal Cleanup Day participants in Los Angeles County have collected more than a million pounds of trash — roughly the weight of a fully loaded Boeing 747.
Work in Los Angeles County is being led by the nonprofit Heal the Bay. Volunteers were expected to participate between 9 a.m. and 12 p.m.
Attendees also receive hands-on education about other ways they can help keep watersheds clean. Some cleanup sites are offering giveaways, entertainment and other special incentives.
“It’s gratifying to see so many people come out each year to protect what they love,” Heal the Bay said in a statement.
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