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SMC, Westside Ballet and 37,000 Pounds of Trash Collide on Los Angeles County Beaches

Los Angeles County had a total of 12,500 volunteers at 73 beaches

Heal the Bay conducted its 29th annual cleanup day on Saturday, September 15th. "Our final totals are in for our 29th annual Coastal Cleanup Day," said the group in a press release.

Some 13,342 volunteers joined us last Saturday morning at 75 sites spread all across Los Angeles County. Thanks to their hard work, we removed 40,066 pounds of ocean-bound debris from our shoreline and neighborhoods.

Oddball items found this year: chainsaws (Palos Verdes), wedding rings (various sites) and three live mice in glass bottles (Malibu)."

Westside Ballet had a contingent that participated. 30 Santa Monica area upper division dancers from ages 13-17 attended, said Artistic Director Martine Harley.

Volunteers from SMC's Black Collegians, Adelante Club, President's Ambassadors, and other programs partnered with the Black Surfers Collective, the Black Historians, local schools, and community members to clean up Santa Monica College's adopted section of beach, known as the "Inkwell", said the Colleges Public Information Officer Grace Singh Smith in a press release.

"The historic site-where SMC student Nick Gabaldón and other African Americans challenged Jim Crow racism and helped open public beaches for all-saw 550 volunteers in total who worked under the bright Southern California sun to pick up trash. 243 pounds including 43 pounds of recyclables were collected from the half-mile stretch of beach," Smith wrote

Los Angeles County had a total of 12,500 volunteers at 73 sites who collected about 37,000 pounds of trash.


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