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VHS tape, Frisbee and Voodoo Doll Highlight Strange Items Found During Coastal Cleanup Day

Obscure items add to 42,308 pounds of trash removed 

ORANGE COUNTY, September 24, 2015 –Last Saturday, 6,900 volunteers throughout Orange County scoured beaches and waters to stop harmful trash and pollution from entering the ocean. Orange County Coastkeeper and Trails4All coordinated the 48-cleanup sites in Orange County for the international event also known as the world’s largest trash pickup – Coastal Cleanup Day.

The event drew thousands of volunteers across nearly 900 cleanup sites in California. The preliminary results show a statewide count of 53,555 volunteers and 614,188 pounds of trash and recyclables removed.

In Orange County, volunteers tackled the issue of trash in our waters by removing over 42,000 pounds of trash. Some of the most obscure findings included:

  1. Furniture
  2. VHS tapes
  3. Bicycle and bicycle tires
  4. Toys including a voodoo doll and Frisbee with a “Recycle or DIE!” sticker

“A year’s worth of trash built up on Orange County’s beaches, but thanks to our amazing volunteers and sponsors, Coastal Cleanup Day reversed some of that damage,” said Coastal Cleanup Director Courtney James. “Without supporters that believe in keeping our waters beautiful, all of that trash would float out into the ocean and harm its health.”

This year’s Orange County Coastal Cleanup Day corporate sponsors with Orange County Coastkeeper are Metropolitan Water District, OC Public Works, Spectrum Mechanical and Earth Friendly Products.

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ORANGE COUNTY COASTKEEPER: Founded in 1999, the mission of Coastkeeper is to protect and promote sustainable water resources that are swimmable, drinkable, and fishable. Coastkeeper is a nonprofit clean water organization that serves as a proactive steward of our fresh- and saltwater ecosystems. We work collaboratively with diverse groups in the public and private sectors to achieve healthy, accessible, and sustainable water resources for the region. We implement innovative, effective programs in education, advocacy, restoration, research, enforcement, and conservation. For more information, visit or call 714-850-1965.