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As the 4th of July weekend approaches, local environmental groups are gearing up for what’s often San Diego’s messiest holiday, at least as far as parks and beaches go. The San Diego Clean Beach Coalition announced this morning that it had raised close to $15,000 from local businesses and governments to help combat trash this weekend.

Money raised by member groups (I Love A Clean San Diego, San Diego Coastkeeper, FreePB.org, San Diego Parks & Recreation Department, and the Surfrider Foundation) will be used to install 110 extra trash cans and 90 recycling bins. The receptacles will be placed in Ocean Beach, Mission Beach, Pacific Beach, and Mission Bay Park.

Because demand for trash disposal is expected to once again exceed capacity, the Coalition has set forth some guidelines for those willing to lessen their party’s impact – beachgoers are asked to avoid bulky, easily damaged, and environmentally-unfriendly Styrofoam at all costs. Single-use cups and items wrapped heavily in plastic are also on the ‘no-go’ list. Instead recommended are re-usable bottles, Tupperware containers for picnic food, and hard sided re-usable coolers for food and drinks. If trash cans are full, citizens are asked to put their trash in cans at home rather than throwing it on the ground near a full bin.

Although the Coalition would prefer to avoid a huge mess left by irresponsible beach users in the first place, they also sponsor an annual ‘Morning After Mess’ cleanup, details can be found here.

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