Every year, over 8 million metric tons of plastic makes its way into the ocean. But what can someone living in Norwalk, CA, do about it? The Ocean Conservancy’s beach cleanup is a global movement that can use all the help they can get. For over 30 years, this event has inspired individuals to lend a hand by cleaning up their local beaches.

In emulation of the Ocean Conservancy, the staff at AMC and their families have been uniting annually to pick up litter and clean our beaches and parks. While COVID-19 restrictions prevent us from getting together in a large group this year, it shouldn’t stop us from taking part in individual groups on Saturday, July 25. Your contribution can make a significant difference in the parks and beaches of Southern California. By understanding the reasons behind the cleanup effort, making a plan, and staying safe, you can contribute to a positive, environmentally friendly experience.

Why clean up the beaches and parks?

Spending time at the beach or the park with your family and friends is always a good idea. The sound of the surf, the warm sun, and the ocean breeze are recipes for endearing memories. At the same time, hanging out in the shade on freshly cut grass to play games and picnic is a pretty good afternoon.

Volunteering to make sure Manhattan Beach or our very own Lakeside Park are trash-free can beautify your community while helping wildlife and boosting the local economy. As Norwalk residents, we have easy access to Seal Beach, Redondo Beach, and nearby parks like Norwalk Park. Finding a way to return a few hours of service is a small price to pay for years of fun in the sun.

Every cleanup starts with a plan.

After marking July 25 in your calendar, put together a list of materials you will need to clean up your park or beach. Here is a list of some necessary supplies that include a few personal items to keep you safe and healthy:

  • Facemask
  • Protective gloves
  • Sunscreen
  • Hat
  • Trash bags
  • Reusable water bottle
  • Snacks (nuts, energy bars, dried fruits, etc.)

Your safety comes first.

As we’re all aware, COVID-19 remains a threat to all of us. Keep your group small to make it easy to social distance from other like-minded helpers. Wear your mask correctly in public, and follow the CDC advice: “When guests arrive, minimize gestures that promote close contact. For example, don’t shake hands, do elbow bumps, or give hugs. Instead, wave and verbally greet them.”

Living in Norwalk gives you access to a variety of rejuvenating parks and beaches. Joining our beach cleanup will help clean our coastlines and parks while setting a positive example. Be sure to tag Porto Bella in your photos and use the hashtags #AMCcleanup and #livehappy. Thank you for helping out!