By Kristina Pritchett

Every September, volunteers gather on California’s beaches to clean up the sands during the annual California Coastal Cleanup Day. This year, volunteers are wanted at Capistrano Beach, Salt Creek Beach and Dana Point Harbor to participate.

From 9 a.m.-noon on Saturday, Sept. 17, more than 47 sites will participate in the annual event to help clean the state’s beaches, including three Dana Point locations.

“It’s important because it gets members of the community together, it gets everyone involved,” said Vlesydi Loveland, an OC Parks Ranger who is involved with the event. “It also shows a good picture of how much trash is coming up on the beach.”

Last year, about 7,000 Orange County volunteers collected more than 42,000 pounds of trash and recyclable materials during the event. In two spots in the city, Capo Beach and Salt Creek, more than 600 volunteers helped out.

This is the second year Capo Beach will be participating, and the first for the Dana Point Harbor location. OC Parks is partnering with Capo Cares and the Surfrider Foundation at Capo Beach, and businesses in the harbor.

To register for the event, visit www.coastkeeper.org. Attendance is free and supplies will be provided, but volunteers are encouraged to bring their own cleanup supplies including a basket or reusable bag, gloves and a reusable water bottle.

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