ACE Recycle Club got a head start on Earth Day!

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By Fallon Rabin

The ACE Recycle Club of Thousand Oaks High spotted a dirty beach that was in need of a good cleaning! We contacted Heal the Bay and on Saturday morning of March 19th, Thousand Oaks High School’s ACE Recycle Club partnered with Heal the Bay for a beach cleanup. About 30 enthusiastic volunteers met bright and early to help cleanup Leo Carrillo State Beach. On this beautiful and chilly morning the dedicated Eco Warriors went fast to work to help restore cleanliness to our beach.  We were happy to recruit a few unsuspecting but willing beach goers to help too!

Throughout the two hour event, many items were collected from the beach, tide pools and the area bordering PCH.  This beach had many cigarette butts, bottles, glass, and Styrofoam pieces. Some of the stranger items we found included a crab cage, a few large pieces of metal rebar and an air mattress. Some of the more common items found were clothing, shoes and sunglasses.

At the end of the cleanup all of the amazing Eco Warriors had collected 52 pounds of recyclables and 74 pounds of trash! Even better, by displaying our items for all to see, there were a couple of items that were taken for reuse! We were all very happy see these items placed where they belong, in the recycle and trash containers, and not along our beach or in our ocean.

Volunteers helping separate trash and recyclables.

Volunteers helping separate trash and recyclables.

 

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