Heal the Bay is calling out for volunteers from Los Angeles County to help break their own Guinness World Record for the 24th annual Coastal Cleanup Day on Sept. 21 from 9 a.m. ‚Äî 12 p.m.
Volunteers from around the world last year collected 2 million cigarette butts. In Los Angeles alone, 9,000 volunteers kept nearly 20 tons of debris out of the ocean, representatives from the Santa Monica-based nonprofit said.
About 50 coastal and inland cleanup sites will be managed and volunteers need no special training or equipment though they are encouraged to go zero waste and bring their own buckets, reusable bags and gloves to pick up trash.
This year‚Äôs highlights include a human peace circle at 8:30 a.m. led by Naam Yoga, a standup paddleboard clinic from 11 a.m. ‚Äî 2 p.m. and a dory race after the cleanup at the Santa Monica Pier. Volunteers will also be eligible for giveaways of customized standup paddleboards and other prizes as well as drink and food specials at Rusty‚Äôs Surf Ranch on the pier.
Scuba-certified divers will be able to clear underwater debris from various locations including the Santa Monica and Malibu piers.
For more information and to register as a volunteer, visit healthebay.org/ccd2013.