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  • Writer's pictureTony Felice

May Gray: Trash Picked Up By One Person In May 2022

The amount of trash cleaned up off Mission Beach for May is deceivingly lower than last month, but for a good reason. The month of May brought more planned beach cleanups by other organizations with a mission to help keep Mission Beach beautiful. We are so grateful; however, their pickup numbers are not reflected in ours, meaning May's numbers would most likely have been higher than April's. Regardless, we are incredibly thankful for their help!

Seed4Greatness invited DTMB to co-host a beach cleanup to promote self-motivation and volunteerism. They offer a clothing line designed to inspire people to dream and create their purpose for living. Click this Facebook link to find out more about their mission.

Approximately 15,665 pieces of trash were picked up off of Mission Beach by just one of our volunteers for May, while our year-to-date total stands at nearly 76,000. That is an astounding number considering the small, one-mile length of beach we are tracking. This number does not include any trash picked up north of Belmont Park up to Pacific Beach Dr. or the rest of the entire neighborhood, including the Mission Bay coastline and parks.

If you care, won't you please join us and become a court Stewart or volunteer to clean up just once a week. Don't let yourself become desensitized to the trash the careless leave behind. It makes a difference.

The numbers.

We also noticed an increase in glass bottles and pet owners not cleaning up after their dogs.

Other numbers:

Illegal Fires - 27+

Cars driving on the boardwalk - 3

Broken jetty gate - 2

Unopened Liquor - 21

Reusable Bottles - 10


Bong - 1

Earbuds - 2

Cell phones - 1

Keys - 1

Life Jackets - 2

Skateboard - 1

Shovels - 2

Hatchet - 1

Abandoned Tents - 3


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