Over the last 30 years, the Ocean Conservancy’s beach cleanups have attracted thousands of volunteers and have collected over 300 million pounds of trash. That’s a powerful impact.

Similarly, on July 25, we’re conducting a cleanup event across the state of California. While we can’t gather normally because of recent COVID-19 restrictions, we can make small efforts here and there to help obtain big results for our wonderful parks and our beaches. We’d love for you to join us! Here’s some information on the benefits, safety, and planning involved.

Benefits

Whether you’re planning to clean up at Talbert Regional Park or Edison Park or take a trip to nearby Balboa Beach, you’re making the world a better place for yourself and those in your community. And if you’re in the mood to get a little exercise in, then this is the perfect activity for you. Picking up garbage can actually be a great workout!

Safety

With COVID-19 restrictions in place, your cleanup group might not be all that big this year. But that’s just fine. If you are inviting friends or roommates or even extended family to join in on the fun, you may want to read what the CDC says about gatherings: “When guests arrive, minimize gestures that promote close contact. For example, don’t shake hands, do elbow bumps, or give hugs. Instead wave and verbally greet them.”

Planning

Once you’ve circled the 25 of July on your calendar with a big red marker, it is time to get supplies together for your fun cleanup. Here is a list to get you started thinking about what you’ll need:

  • First aid kit
  • Trash bags
  • Paper lawn and refuse bags for yard waste
  • Gloves of all sizes
  • Masks
  • Brooms
  • Buckets for glass
  • Bins for cigarette buds

Cleaning up your local beaches and community parks really makes a difference. So make sure to join us for our park and beach clean up on July 25. Tag Eastside Apartments on your social media when you do, using the hashtags #AMCcleanup, #beachclean2020, and #livehappy. We can’t wait to see it!