We are a group of residents that are concerned about the amount of trash in our community.
The amount of trash left by those who don't care about our community, or the Earth and its animals is alarming, and we need your help to change that.
53,238 bottles, cans, towels, shoes, cups, lighters and other trash picked up this year so far BY ONE RESIDENT ALONE!
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EVEN VISITORS ARE SHOCKED
While of course there are many positive reviews about Mission Beach online, we need to point out that even visitors are so dismayed that they are leaving less than positive reviews of our community.
EVERY DAY WE
PICK UP AT LEAST
WE ARE SO THANKFUL FOR PARKS AND REC STAFF BUT THEY ARE OVERWHELMED
AND THE RESIDENTS SEEM TO BE ALONE IN TAKING CARE OF STREETS, COURTS, MEDIANS AND OTHER AREAS.
We live in one of the most beautiful places in the world, with a delicate eco-system that depends on us to be good stewards. Yet every day people come here and leave their trash everywhere. Right now there is LITTLE ENFORCEMENT, few or no fines, no one taking responsibility EXCEPT A HANDFUL OF RESIDENTS who comb the beach, parks, streets, alleys, and courts.
WE NEED THE HELP OF EVERYONE, FROM PROPERTY OWNERS, TO BUSINESSES, THE CITY, AND VISITORS.
DON'T BE THE TRASH YOU LEAVE BEHIND. PICK UP YOURS!
WHAT WE ADVOCATE FOR
Everyone who lives here, visits here and has a business here to work together.
1. To promote and enforce personal responsibility
2. Significant increase in littering fines, steep fines for illegal dumping*
3. Steep fines for fireworks (illegal in San Diego County)
4. More enforcement, especially after hours
5. More trash cans on the beach
6. More trash cans between parking lots and Belmont Park
7. More trash cans on street corners on Mission Blvd.
8. Don’t trash mission beach signs on the boardwalk and at parks
9. Donations of Buckets and Grabbers
10. Residents reporting overflowing trash cans
11. Trash cans at the Jetty
12. Remove the Fire pits from Mariner's Point and enforce illegal fires and fireworks
13. Belmont Park and all parks locked at night and overnight enforcement for illegal fires, littering, and camping
14. Toy Boxes (in the future) for take a toy-return a toy
15. Lost shoe boxes
16. Styrofoam bans enforced
17. Retail and other businesses offering discounts or other incentives for pails of trash
* a significant increase in fines would more than cover the costs associated with this campaign.
THIS IS WHAT ONE RESIDENT HAS COLLECTED THIS YEAR SO FAR
Over 510 shoes were rescued in South Mission Beach from Jan. 2020 to July 2020. We estimate that is about 20% of the shoes left on the beach and parking lots. An estimated 20 billion shoes get produced each year and about 300 million of those shoes end up in landfills. ... Many people simply throw out their shoes when they are small or slightly worn out.
Leather shoes can take 24 to 40 years to decompose while rubber soles can take as long as 80 years!
Shoes are 100% recyclable
Fun Fact: Shoes have been repurposed into art, furniture, eyeglasses, sculptures, gym floors, planters, lamps, jewelry, roofs, Shoes can be donated. The Goodwill takes singles and broken shoes.