In celebration of California Coastal Cleanup Day (CCD), 103 volunteers joined forces for a massive cleanup venture in the San Elijo Hills trail system. CCD is held every year across the state as an opportunity for volunteers to work together to preserve beaches and inland waterways. It is part of the broader International Coastal Cleanup Day. Volunteer captains coordinate efforts at designated local cleanup sites, where participants not only gather trash but also record observations about the type of debris found. At the San Elijo Hills site, volunteers gathered 455 pounds of debris – 273 pounds were trash, and 182 pounds will find new purposes as recycling. The most unusual finds included a traffic light and a framed baby picture. “We think it was hugely successful and plan on making it a yearly tradition!” exclaimed Rebecca Condello, who led the local effort along with fellow team captain Kathy Jones. To learn more visit