With the amazing amount of people who came to Crescent City’s South Beach this year for July 4 came a proportionally-amazing amount of trash.
Just as it has for many years, Surfrider Del Norte Chapter brought volunteers together first thing the following morning to clean it up.
As of 8:30 a.m. Thursday, Surfrider Chair Walter Mackelburg said several volunteers had arrived, but that he was awaiting a response from CALFIRE to extinguish several fire pits left burning overnight.
Volunteers filled a 20-yard dumpster with everything from chairs and awning frames, to batteries of spent fireworks to basic trash, food packaging and bottles.
Del Norte Solid Waste Management Authority Director Tedd Ward said the authority is happy to support the cleanup and waived tipping fees as part of an agreement with Recology. He said Hambro also waived fees for disposal.
Mackelburg said he hopes to involve local government in future July 5 cleanups, perhaps to create some ordinances to help curb littering. He questioned whether it would be possible to require fireworks vendors to commit to a certain amount of beach cleanup hours as a condition of their permit.
By then end of the day, the beach was, for the most part, returned to normal, aside from several large fire pits that had been dug out of the sand.
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