30-Minute Beach Clean-up saves the aquatic ecosystem for 11 years

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30 minute beach cleanupVolunteers at the monthly “30-Minute Beach Cleanup” will celebrate the event’s 11th anniversary this Saturday, June 19, at 10 a.m. at 1 Granada Avenue. It will be the 132nd consecutive month of cleanups at the location that stretches one-mile along the Pacific’s coast.

Justin Rudd, founder/organizer of the “30-Minute Beach Cleanup” emphasizes that the program is essential to improving the aquatic environment as debris threatens wildlife and the overall ecosystem.

Thousands of bags of trash have been collected and thousands of volunteers of all ages have helped to keep our beaches clean and safe by volunteering just 30 minutes on the third Saturday of each month, rain or shine, since June 1999.

Soon after Rudd moved to Long Beach from his home state of Alabama, he began noticing the sad state of the city’s beaches and wanted to do something about it. An avid runner along the beach, Rudd one day asked his friends to help him clean up the dirty beach that he noticed on his daily jogs. Wanting to make it easy for people to attend, Rudd decided to keep the cleanups short — only a half an hour. He asked his friends to bring people they knew to the next cleanup and put up fliers around town. He also gave out bags and gloves, free parking and recruited businesses to donate refreshments.  The monthly events now average 200+ volunteers.

As part of this weekend’s anniversary celebration, volunteers who attend the cleanup and who have also helped with at least two of Rudd’s other monthly cleanups over the past 11 years will receive a free “30-Minute Beach Cleanup” t-shirt.  In honor of Father’s Day weekend, each dad who volunteers on Saturday will also get a t-shirt.

As usual, the 30-minute Beach Clean Up will take place from 10am to 10:30am and the door prizes (tickets from the Aquarium of the Pacific, and beach cleanup t-shirts) and refreshments from Duthie Power Services will be given immediately following on the beach at the end of Granada Avenue in Belmont Shore. Spider Energy drinks will also be given out.

Bags, gloves, refreshments, volunteer credit forms, door prizes and free parking are provided.

Long Beach is especially affected by debris from run-off as the Los Angeles and San Gabriel rivers empty on either side of Long Beach. Garbage washes downstream and collects inside the breakwater.  Eventually, the trash returns to shore. Although the City of Long Beach removes much of the trash, there remains the ongoing need for citizens to help in hand-picked cleanup efforts.

Volunteers may contact Rudd at Justin@JustinRudd.com or 562/439-3316.   Reservations are NOT necessary. For more information about the anniversary of the 30-minute Beach Clean Up, visit www.BeachCleanup.org.

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