Volunteers needed to clean up beaches after holiday

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SAN DIEGO – Hundreds of volunteers are expected to clean up four beaches in San Diego and Oceanside Tuesday after Fourth of July celebrations.

“Morning After Mess” cleanups are scheduled on July 5 at Belmont Park, Crystal Pier and Ocean Beach Pier in San Diego, and the beach at the near Oceanside Pier. The event is held between 8 a.m. and 11 a.m.

Reusable bags, buckets, gloves and grabbers will be available for those who do not have their own supplies. Wear comfortable clothes, closed toed shoes, a hat and sunscreen. Also, don’t forget your reusable cup or bottle, as water will be provided, but cups are limited.

The San Diego chapter of the Surfrider Foundation are sponsoring the volunteer day.

The amount of waste collected each year has decreased since a ban on alcohol at San Diego beaches went into effect in 2008, a Surfrider Foundation member said in the past.

In years past, around 400 volunteers have collected over 2,500 pounds of trash and recyclables.