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Thursday, September 17, 2009

Who will be counting cigarette butts at this year's Echo Park Coastal Clean up?

Last year Echo Park volunteers collected 5,017 cigarette butts as part of Coastal Clean Up Day. A recent walk down Echo Park Avenue indicates that volunteers might collect more butts this Saturday during this year's Coastal Clean Up event at Echo Park Lake.

How does sweeping up cigarette butts from Echo Park Avenue help clean coastal waters? The goal is to pick up the trash from Echo Park streets and sidewalks before it falls into storm drains that feed directly in the lake. The waters from the lake eventually flow through other storm drains into the ocean

"Much of the trash found on beaches and marine environment comes from an inland source," said Ida Talalla, who is organizing the Echo Park clean up in partnership with Central City Action Committee. "Last year over 160 volunteers collected over 1,000 pounds of trash and 5,017 cigarette butts. Keeping trash out of storm drains is essential as all area storm drains exit into
Echo Lake."

The clean up begins at 9 am when volunteers gather at the northwest corner of the lake near Glendale Boulevard and Park Avenue. Registration begins at 8 am or you can register online and download a required waiver.

Photo by Louisa_Catlover via Flickr

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