Are you surprised to learn that over the past 30 years, the Ocean Conservancy beach cleanup volunteers have collected over 300 million pounds of trash? Similar to the Ocean Conservancy’s annual cleanup event, AMC encourages residents and their families to gather together each year to clean up our local parks and beaches. Because we can’t gather in person this year, we would like to invite you to our virtual community park and beach cleanup in Anaheim, California!
July 25 is our official cleanup day. We know that as we rally together to take care of our community, our small efforts will produce big results. Here’s what you need to know to get ready.
Benefits of Cleaning Beaches and Parks
If you are looking for a CDC-approved activity or simply crave the fresh air, picking up trash at a local beach or park is the perfect pastime. As you help clean our beloved public areas, you will gain a healthier lifestyle, experience satisfaction in knowing you are making a difference, and help keep our wild plant and animal life safe.
Picking up trash can burn more calories than you think, especially if you are trudging back and forth through a sandy beach! Consider running as you pick up trash at Newport Beach or taking a break halfway to do yoga on the grass at Maxwell Park.
In addition to a nice workout, cleaning the beaches and parks has a variety of economic benefits. America’s beaches account for 85 percent of US tourism. When pollution occurs, there is “a high increase of illnesses among the local population,” and the economy suffers. Thus, as we keep our beaches clean, we help increase tourism, which in return boosts the economy.
Supplies Needed for a Perfect Cleanup
In order to have a successful cleanup event, you need to pack the right supplies. In addition to a reusable water bottle (don’t forget to drink up!) and a good brand of sunscreen (our Southern California sun can be brutal), consider packing the following items:
- Leather gloves
- Litter grabbers
- Safety vests
- First aid kit
- Brooms, dustpans, and buckets for glass and cigarette buds
COVID-19 restrictions are still in place, so try to keep your cleanup crew small. If you invite people who live outside of your household, consider following this advice from the CDC: “When guests arrive . . . don’t shake hands, do elbow bumps, or give hugs. Instead wave and verbally greet them.” Lastly, be sure to stay six feet apart and adhere to California’s mask mandate.
Now is the perfect time to get out of your apartment and join our community park and beach cleanup! Join us on July 25 for our official event, or find a day this month that works with your schedule. Don’t forget to tag Stonybrook Apartments in any photos you post on social media, and use the hashtags #AMCcleanup and #livehappy. We are excited to see the difference you make!