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August 06, 2006

Ocean Beach Cleanup

Last Friday, I volunteered with a group of co-workers to remove litter from Ocean Beach. We went out there at 9:00 a.m. and picked up as much trash as we could for a few hours. It was pretty hard work -- a lot of bending over to pick things up and then struggling to place them into a plastic bag that was trying desperately to rip free in the gusty wind.

Cigarette butts were probably the most numerous object I found. I guess because it's sand, people think that they're sitting in a giant ashtray? There were also a lot of broken beer bottles and bottle caps. The official beer of Ocean Beach seemed to be a tie between Heineken and Corona. I wish that people wouldn't just throw garbage onto the ground like that. It boggles my mind that there are people that don't care about the environment.

Other items I saw: a glow-in-the-dark plastic dinosaur, dead birds, socks, a t-shirt, charred magazines, cigarette lighters, and two nickels. I kept the nickels.

Posted at August 6, 2006 04:42 AM


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