A Non-Profit Conservation and Advocacy Staffed by Citizen Volunteers

DON'T TRASH

MISSION BEACH

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As well as generous donations from the following individuals:

Kaia D'Albora

Gwen Baldwin

Mike Hornung 

Cathy Ives

Allen and Abby Murray

Klaus Mendenhall

Tim & Tony Sanfelice

Brian Shohet

Loretta Turner

Kristin Sremba

Blaine Smith

Stephanie Williams

Gary Wonacott

How can I help?

There are several ways to help!

+ Donate to our GoFundme

+ Send a direct donation via Venmo @donttrashmissionbeach or scan this QR Code

+ Designate us as your charity of choice at Smile.Amazon.com

+ Sign up as a court steward and Adopt a Court

+ Join us as a volunteer, helping with everything from publicity to beach cleans

+ Tell your political representatives to work with us to keep the beach clean.

+ Tell everyone in your network about what we do.

+ Sign up for our news

+ Join the Mission Beach Town Council and get involved in your community!

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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.

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118,734 bottles, cans, towels, shoes, cups, lighters and other trash picked up in 2020 BY ONE RESIDENT ALONE!

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NEWS COVERING THE STORY

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GET INVOLVED

SUBSCRIBE TO UPDATES

Stay informed about news, events and announcements.

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Sign up to Adopt your Court and join others making a commitment to keep our community clean.

BECOME A SPONSOR

We need funds to buy and install signs, grabbers, buckets, t-shirts, wagons and to fund art projects and installations to generate awareness.

Make a Donation

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.

 
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ABOUT

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EVERY DAY WE

PICK UP AT LEAST

500 POUNDS

OF TRASH

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!

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WHAT WE ADVOCATE FOR

Everyone who lives here, visits here and has a business here to work together.

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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.
 

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THIS IS WHAT ONE RESIDENT HAS COLLECTED THIS YEAR SO FAR

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Over 1187 shoes were rescued in South Mission Beach in 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.