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Creek To Bay Cleanup 2022 removed more than 74,000 lbs. of trash from San Diego

The 20th anniversary Creek to Bay Cleanup marked the first countywide in-person cleanup for I Love A Clean San Diego and its volunteers since the pandemic.

SAN DIEGO COUNTY, Calif. —

2022 Creek to Bay Cleanup recap 

April 23, 2022 marked the 20th anniversary of the Creek to Bay Clean-Up. The non-profit, I Love a Clean San Diego, mobilized 5,000 volunteers in 75 sites from the border to Oceanside. 

While you would think the bulk of the clean-ups would take place near the beach, the event kicked off in Gompers Park in East San Diego.

"We see litter on the beach, we immediately think action. But unfortunately, all that litter on the beach typically comes from the inland areas," says Steve Morris of I Love a Clean San Diego, "It flows down from the creeks, into the storm drains, out to the rivers." 

The 5,000 volunteers helped removed over 74,000 pounds of litter and debris from streets, canyons, parks and the coastline in communities from 75 sites around San Diego County.

Remarkable Stats from 2022 event:

  • Over 3,700 pounds of recycling
  • Over 56,000 pounds of trash
  • Over 13,000 pounds of green waste.
  • Over 51,000 cigarette butts and e-cigarettes
  • 501 Thank Yous to volunteers

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2021 Creek to Bay Cleanup recap

During the 2021 event, there were more than 180 individual clean-ups that happened throughout San Diego County. 

RELATED: Local volunteers clean San Diego communities as part of Creek to Bay Clean Up

2020 Virtual Creek to Bay Cleanup recap

The 18th Annual Creek to Bay Cleanup was a little different in 2020 due to COVID restrictions.

 

2019 Creek to Bay Cleanup recap

San Diego celebrated Earth Week as Earth 8 and CBS 8’s Heather Myers teamed up for I Love a Clean San Diego’s 15th Annual Creek to Bay Cleanup on Saturday, April 27, 2019. More than 6000+ volunteers collected 120,000 pounds of trash and debris restoring 114 sites countywide. 

Here are some photos from the event.

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