Peninsula Prepares for Coastal Cleanup Day (VIDEO)

Last year, San Mateo residents found a variety of objects while cleaning the coast, including a dead shark.

The city of San Mateo will hold its 28th annual Bayfront Cleanup on Saturday, continuing the Peninsula's tradition of keeping its coastlines free of trash.

Additionally, Foster City will hold a compost giveaway from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at , located at the corner of Foster City Boulevard and Bounty Drive.

San Mateo's coastal cleanup event will take place from 7:30 a.m. to noon at Ryder Park, located at 1801 J. Hart Clinton Drive in San Mateo.

The event is expected to draw more than 1,000 environmentally-conscience volunteers who will be joined by public officials, including Assemblymember Jerry Hill, D-San Mateo.

In 2011, more than 800 volunteers collected 5 tons of litter and 600 pounds of recycling.

The highlight of the event is “Catch of the Day” – opportunities for volunteers to show off their most “unusual” finds.

Once again, volunteers pulled a vacuum cleaner that served as a “fish tank,” a cash register, and an array of sporting equipment all dumped or lost in the Bay.

Every year, the number of pounds of litter and recycling decreases – a positive sign that people are thinking before they trash our waterways.

Click on the attached video to see what last year's coastal cleanup event was like!

Early arrival is encouraged. The day begins with yoga for volunteers who want to stretch before scavenging the waterway for litter. Whole Foods Market will offer goodie bags to early volunteers. The event culminates with a zero-waste “volunteer thank you” BBQ sponsored by Lowe’s and Whole Foods Markets at 11:30 a.m. coupled with DJ music.

Residents can learn more about the event at www.cityofsanmateo.org/bayfrontcleanup.


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