Sep 172021

September is Coastal Cleanup Month, and on Sept. 18, dozens of beach cleanups will take place across the shores of Los Angeles County.

Coastal cleanups are planned across California Saturday.
Coastal cleanups are planned across California Saturday. (Nicole Charky/Patch)

PALOS VERDES, CA —Now that summer is nearing its end, it’s time to say “thank you” to the many beautiful beaches that have been serving us well all season. That’s right, September is Coastal Cleanup Month — and a statewide beach cleanup day is underway Saturday.

Dozens of beaches spread across the coast of Los Angeles County will not only see the familiar beach towels, surfboards and fold-out chairs of visitors looking for a fun day in the sun — but the efforts of countless residents picking up discarded trash from the sandy shores. According to the California Coastal Commission, in 2019 more than 74,000 volunteers picked up more than 900,000 pounds of trash from beaches and waterways throughout California.

Beach cleanups take place from 9 a.m. to noon, though if you are unable to attend a cleanup on Saturday, fear not — you can participate in a self-guided neighborhood cleanup in your local park or community. According to the California Coastal Commission, all you need to do is download the CleanSwell app on your phone and clean on your own time throughout September.

In Palos Verdes, here’s where you can find your local beach cleanups:

  • Abalone Cove Beach, Shoreline Park; 5970 Palos Verdes Drive South, Rancho Palos Verdes
  • Lunada Bay Beach, City Parklands, Paseo Del Mar & Avenida Mirola, Palos Verdes Estates
  • Tower North/South, 3720 Stephen M White Drive, San Pedro

To register, residents need to sign up on the website and visit the map to see all the cleanups happening Saturday across the Golden State.

Once the trash has been bagged and the shores are shining, residents can take a five-minute survey and get a free taco from Rubio’s.

Gloves and trash bags will be provided, and refreshments will be served, at the Abalone Cove event. Volunteers will meet in the Abalone Cove public parking lot at 5970 Palos Verdes Drive South. The parking fee is waived up to 45 minutes prior to the event and 30 minutes after. You can contact the Recreation and Parks Department at 310-544-5260 or



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