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Friday, August 21, 2009

Heal the Bay

Last weekend, I had the honor of volunteering with Heal the Bay with their monthly Nothin' But Sand Beach Cleanup. And had a blast!

Meet in the morning, grab your trash bag and glove, and go trash-hunting. It couldn't be simpler.

Bonus: There's no commitment. You can do it one time, or do it monthly. Perfect for a slacker like me!

Here are just a few things you can do to "Heal the Bay" (and of course these concepts apply not just to the LA area, but to your hometown too!)
  1. Keep your Litter out of the Gutter!
    Keep trash, yard trimmings, and other litter off the street and out of the storm drains so they don’t end up in the ocean. Clean up after your dog, cat, or horse to keep the waste out of the storm drain and away from your favorite beach. Report full catch basins to the Dept. of Public Works: LA City: (800) 974- 9794 LA County: (800) 303- 0003
  2. Don’t Be a Drip
    Overwatering is wasteful and moves trash and toxins to the ocean. Conserving water also helps the sewage treatment plant do a better job. Turn off the faucet when you don’t need it. Fix leaky pipes and install low- flow shower heads and toilets
  3. Hold on to Your Balloons
    Released helium balloons eventually pop and fall back to land, ending up in the ocean where animals mistake them for food. Always pop balloons and put them in the trash.
  4. Beware of Six-Pack Rings
    Avoid buying them, or cut them up before you throw them out. Marine animals choke on garbage and get tangled in trash. Unlike people, birds and fish don’t have hands to remove items caught around their necks.
  5. Go Non-Toxic!
    Avoid buying products like liquid drain openers. Use pesticides as little as possible and look for non- toxic alternatives. Use compost instead of chemical fertilizers. If you must use harsh chemical products, bring them to authorized household hazardous waste drop-off centers. For locations near you, call (800) CLEAN-UP.
  6. Sack the Plastic Bags
    Instead of taking plastic bags at the grocery store, bring your own bag. Plastic bags create loads of unnecessary litter; they are easily blown by the wind, and they often end up in the ocean. Plastic takes hundreds of years to biodegrade, and creates hazards for marine life and other wildlife.
  7. Make a Clean Sweep
    Use a broom, not a hose, to clean sidewalks and driveways. Watering the driveway won’t make it grow! Sweep trash into a dustpan, not the gutter, and use the garden clippings as mulch to fertilize your yard.
  8. Recycle Used Motor Oil
    You can recycle your used motor oil at gas stations, auto parts stores, and garages. Never pour it down the drain, in the gutter, or on the ground. Motor oil is extremely toxic.
  9. Go to a Car Wash
    Most car washes recycle their water. If you clean your car at home, wash it on the lawn. Use a bucket to conserve water and use biodegradable soap.
  10. Become a part of Heal the Bay
    By volunteering or becoming a member, you’ll help us continue to protect the Santa Monica Bay and all of California’s coastal waters.

Live in LA? Looking for something fun to do on a Saturday morning? Want to spend a day at the beach? Help out at the annual Coastal Cleanup Day on September 19, 2009.

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