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    Five Tons of Trash Collected in Goleta During Coastal Cleanup Day and Bulky Item Drop-Off

    More than five tons of trash no longer has a chance to pollute Goleta waterways thanks to everyone who participated this past Saturday, September 23, in Coastal Cleanup Day and the Beautify Goleta Bulky Item Drop-Off event.  Approximately 70 volunteers spent their morning picking up trash at one of three locations in Goleta and 48 vehicles dropped off bulky items.  Between all of the locations, more than 10,300 pounds of trash was collected. Thanks to the higher number of bulky items, this beats last year’s amount of 10,182 pounds.

    City of Goleta Environmental Services Specialist Dan Rowell said, “It is always so fulfilling to see first-hand how much people care about preventing trash from polluting our beaches and creeks. What we found this year is that a lot of the volunteers pick up trash regularly on walks around their neighborhoods, or while walking their dogs at parks and beaches.”

    Here is a breakdown from each Goleta location:

    • Haskell’s Beach (led by site captains Lyn Moore and Eddie Oros with Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck LLP)
      • 42 Volunteers
      • 103.5 pounds of Trash Collected
      • 269.5 pounds of Recyclables Collected
      • 5 pounds of Electronic Waste Collected
    • San Jose Creek (led by site captain Brian Trautwein with the Environmental Defense Center)
      • 22 Volunteers
      • 1,016 pounds of Trash Collected
      • 586 pounds of Recyclables Collected
      • 60.6 pounds of Electronic Waste Collected
    • Ellwood Bluffs and Beach (led by site captain and Goleta resident Al Souma)
      • 6 Volunteers
      • 26 pounds of Trash Collected
      • 2 pounds of Recyclables Collected
      • 5 pounds of Electronic Waste Collected
    • Bulky Item Drop-Off event at Phelps Road and Cannon Green Drive
      • 48 vehicle drop-offs
      • 8,320 pounds of Bulky Items Collected

    Thank you to Explore Ecology for coordinating Coastal Cleanup Day across Santa Barbara County and to all of those who volunteered. We are also very thankful for our partners at MarBorg Industries and Big Green Cleaning for their ongoing support.

    Make sure to check out all the other great events happening this Creek Week (September 23rd to September 30th, 2023) at www.SBCreekWeek.com and on the City’s website www.cityofgoleta.org/CreekWeek

    Creek Week is an annual celebration of our creeks, watersheds, and the ocean, with events to help build awareness and stewardship of the natural treasures of Goleta, Santa Barbara, and Carpinteria.

    Find out how you can participate by watching this video highlighting Creek Week activities in Goleta:

    The video is also available in Spanish here:



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