FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE DATE 07/05/14 Contact: Haley Haggerstone Chapter Manager, Surfrider Foundation San Diego County Chapter E-Mail: haley@surfridersd.org Phone: (619) 929-5350 Website: www.surfridersd.org

Surfrider Volunteers Tackle the Morning After Mess Collecting 1,410 Pounds of Trash

SAN DIEGO, CA – Nearly 650 volunteers gathered at four popular beaches this morning to assist with the Surfrider Foundation San Diego County Chapter’s annual post-Fourth of July Morning After Mess beach seriesBy midday, Surfrider volunteers had recovered 1,410 pounds of trash and 326 pounds of recycling, which otherwise would have been washed into the sea where it would add to the already critical pollution problem devastating the world’s oceans. Surfrider volunteers hosted four cleanups in collaboration with I Love a Clean San Diego and San Diego Coastkeeper from 8 a.m. to 11a.m. at the Ocean Beach Pier, Belmont Park in Mission Beach, Crystal Pier in Pacific Beach and the Oceanside Pier.  These cleanup sites were chosen because of the high concentration of beachgoers and notorious reputations for post-Fourth of July trash. San Diego County Chapter Manager, Haley Haggerstone, says, “We are incredibly pleased with the number of volunteers who came out this morning to help clean the beaches after the busy holiday.  We are also pleasantly surprised with the amount of trash that was collected.  There was a significant decrease in the amount of trash collected this year when compared to the last few years.  This is partially due to the cancellation of the annual marshmallow fight in Ocean Beach.” Few holidays generate more trash on San Diego County beaches than the Fourth of July.  Sadly, much of this litter is made up of plastic, which exacerbates an already critical pollution problem devastating marine life in the world’s oceans.  This year’s Morning After Mess recovered 489 plastic bags, 983 pieces of styrofoam and 14,796 cigarette butts. Throughout the year, the Surfrider Foundation works hard to prevent pollution from becoming part of the ‘Morning After Mess.’ Through successful programs like Rise Above Plastics and Hold Onto Your Butt, the organization uses education, outreach, and advocacy to reduce the amount of single-use plastics and cigarette butts along our coast. For more information on Surfrider Foundation San Diego County Chapter, visit www.surfridersd.org or contact Chapter Manager, Haley Haggerstone at haley@surfridersd.org or (619) 929-5350.

2014 Morning After Mess Totals

During the 2014 Morning After Mess cleanup series, 648 volunteers removed 1,410lbs of trash and 326lbs of recycling from our beaches and surrounding areas.  The trash collected included 14,796 cigarette butts, 489 plastic bags and 983 pieces of styrofoam.

Ocean Beach Pier 198 volunteers 4568 cigarette butts 183 plastic bags 377 styrofoam pieces 621lbs trash 78lbs recycling Most unusual item(s): marshmallows, underwear, salt and pepper shakers

Belmont Park 230 volunteers 7636 cigarette butts 77 plastic bags 365 styrofoam pieces 569lbs of trash 200lbs of recycling Most unusual items: butcher knife, soda stream

Crystal Pier 61 volunteers 694 cigarette butts 26 plastic bags 40 styrofoam pieces 112.5lbs of trash 12lbs of recycling Most unusual items: dental floss

Oceanside Pier 159 volunteers 1898 cigarette butts 203 plastic bags 201 styrofoam pieces 107lbs of trash 36lbs of recycling Most unusual items: fake mustache