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Student volunteers show off their free Earthwise bags at Make A Difference Day

Make a Difference Day: Cleanup the San Lorenzo River

THERE’S NOTHING better than seeing the shores of our San Lorenzo River clean and healthy before winter. During years with normal weather patterns, the river seasonally flushes into the Monterey Bay and with it, all the trash that’s littered along the banks. This pollution can harm our river and ocean wildlife, trash our beautiful beaches, …

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Earth Day 2015 Results

UPDATED on 4/30/15 The results of our Earth Day 2015 cleanup efforts are in! Last Saturday, April 18, we cleaned 10 sites on the Central Coast. And, with the help of more than 420 dedicated volunteers, we removed more than 3,300 pounds of pollution! That’s just over one and a half tons! Our volunteers picked up trash …

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Average Pounds of Trash Per Cleanup 2007-2014

Seven Years of Cleanup Data

We began collecting data at our cleanups in 2007, in an effort to track the amount and types of waste polluting local beaches and rivers. We use this data to identify trends, increase community awareness and, hopefully, influence behavior change. Since 2007, we have led a total of 1,886 beach and river cleanups in Santa Cruz and …

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