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San Mateo Holding 29th Annual Bayfront Cleanup This Saturday

Last year volunteers collected 5 tons of litter and 1,000 pounds of recycling at the cleanup event.

A previous Coastal Cleanup Day in San Mateo.
A previous Coastal Cleanup Day in San Mateo.

The city of San Mateo is holding its 29th annual Bayfront Cleanup -- the largest California Coastal Cleanup in San Mateo County -- on Saturday, Sept. 21, from 7:30 a.m. to noon.

The cleanup will be held at Ryder Park, located at 1801 J. Hart Clinton Drive in San Mateo. The event is expected to draw more than 1,000 volunteers.

In 2012, more than 950 volunteers collected 5 tons of litter and 1,000 pounds of recycling. The highlight of the event is “Catch of the Day” – opportunities for volunteers to show off their most “unusual” finds.

Once again, volunteers pulled a vacuum cleaner that served as a “fish tank,” a cash register, and an array of sporting equipment all dumped or lost in the Bay. 

Every year, the number of pounds of litter and recycling decreases – a positive sign that people are thinking before they trash our waterways.

"The Bayfront Cleanup is our City’s signature community environmental event,” said Larry Patterson, Director of Public Works. “We are grateful for all community members who come out with family, friends, and community groups to partner with us on our mission to maintain and care for our coastline and our environment.”

Early arrival is encouraged. The day begins with yoga sponsored by Whole Foods Market for volunteers who want to stretch in addition to donating the prizes for each of the “Catch of the Day Contest” winners.

The event culminates with a zero-waste “Volunteer Thank You” BBQ  sponsored by the Public Works Department at 11:30 a.m. coupled with DJ music.  

Residents can learn more about the event at www.cityofsanmateo.org/bayfrontcleanup.

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